The SteeleVest is a simple vest that uses ice packs to keep you cool. The effect lasts for 2-4 hours. Cost: $150.
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.
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.
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 FansMisting 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.
For a range of neck pillows, headbands and hats that should be able to give limited relief from heat see Bodycooler.
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.