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Top 10 Multiple Sclerosis Cooling Products

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Updated June 25, 2014

Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms become worse when the body’s temperature increases – even half of a degree is enough to start feeling worse. By cooling the body, many people experience relief from their MS symptoms. Cooling products can also help people with MS be more active through exercise and outdoor activities. Finding products to help cool you down can be difficult, but there are several options. Check out some of these sites to find the best product for your individual needs.

1. Cooling Vests

Cooling vests are the most popular means of cooling the body. These vests can vary from simple designs using ice packs to complex vests that require batteries. Some of the most promising designs use special fabrics that prevent the body temperature from rising. Consider if your goal is to lower your body temperature or prevent overheating. MSolutions offers a full range of products from inexpensive “ice pack” type models to cooling systems with motors. Browse here for a wide selection.

2. SteeleVest: Ice Pack Vest

These vests use simple, refreezable ice packs that are put into compartments in the vest. The effect can usually keep you cool for a few hours.

The SteeleVest is a simple vest that uses ice packs to keep you cool. The effect lasts for 2-4 hours. Cost: $150.

3. Silver Eagle Outfitters - Ice Pack Vest

A less pricey option can be found at Silver Eagle Outfitters. These vests use evaporation to cool the body. Just add water and wear. Cost: $65-95.

4. First Line Technologies - Chemical Cooling Vest

These vests use water or chemical reactions to absorb heat. Evaporation vests work best in low humidity settings. Chemical vests do not lower your temperature as much as the “ice pack” style.

First Line Technologies has vests that were developed for firefighters and other professionals. These vests use a chemical compound that absorbs heat at 82 degrees. To charge, just leave in a room with a temperature below 82. The effect lasts about four hours. Cost: Not listed.

5. Artic Heat Chemical Cooling Vest

The Artic Heat Cooling Vest also uses a chemical compound, this vest cools without having to use the freezer or batteries. It comes in a wide variety of sizes. Cost: $175

6. Active Cooling Vests - Isopro

These vests use motorized devices to keep you cool for a longer period of time. Some require both water and ice. These are the most effective in cooling the body, but can be bulky.

The Isopro Cooling System was made for long-term cooling, this system uses an outlet or “D” batteries along with water and ice to keep you cool. Cost: Not listed. The company also sells “ice pack” type vests for about $200.

7. Swimming - Endless Pools

Swimming is one of the best exercises for MS because the water keeps your body temperature low. An expensive, but size-efficient, way to bring swimming into your home are endless pools. These pools are like a treadmill for swimmers.

8. Misting Fans

Misting fans can lower the temperature outdoors by more than 20 degrees. This can be a great way to use a patio, deck, or pool area during hot weather without having to suffer increased MS symptoms. These systems spray mist that cools through evaporation. You stay dry, but the air is cooled. Many restaurants are using these systems.

9. Hats, Neck Pillows and More

For a range of neck pillows, headbands and hats that should be able to give limited relief from heat see Bodycooler.

10. MS Cooling Resources

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has a program to distribute cooling devices to people in need. On their website you can learn more and apply for their program.

There is even a foundation dedicated to educating people with MS on the benefits of cooling. The MS Cooling Foundation has resources and links to cooling products.

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