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How can I get a fever down if I have multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience temperature sensitivity. A change in core body temperature can cause a temporary worsening of symptoms, such as blurry vision, numbness or tingling. Heat is more commonly the culprit, but some people also experience similar effects in cool conditions too. It is important to keep this in mind, especially if you live somewhere that experiences extreme temperature changes, have a fever or are exercising.

If you are sick and have a fever, it's important to keep your fever down. Contact your doctor. Over­the­counter medications can be used, and cold showers and ice packs positioned in areas with a lot of blood vessels such as the armpits, groin and the back of the neck, can help. Be sure never to place ice directly on the skin; wrap it in a towel or other insulator.

If you experience worsening MS symptoms in hot or cool conditions, make sure to listen to your body and try different strategies in order to find the one that works for you. 

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