Dealing with Peripheral Neuropathy: Summer Edition

Summer 2021 has arrived in North America and this year, we are dealing with hotter than average temperatures. For some, the heat may alleviate neuropathy symptoms and for others, it may do the opposite. Here are four tips to stay safe while making the most of this season.

  1. Routine
    Setting a routine can help you stay fit and healthy. Keep yourself hydrated and add a lot of fresh vegetables to your meals. If you have plans for BBQ or weddings, make arrangements for the food you are comfortable eating as those foods will help you ease in the atmosphere and worry less. Taking rest is the key to living a healthy life. Neuropathy symptoms and chronic pain might tire you and hence a proper rest will help you pace yourself.
  2. Staying active
    Regular exercise can not only help one stay active but also improve mood, combat pain, and increase overall health. It helps increase the blood flow to our extremities that reduces stress and nerve damage that can minimize the discomfort and pain. It also helps reduce the pressure on the peripheral blood vessels by dilating arterioles. Taking short walks around the block can help you stay fit while still enjoying the weather. However, do it safely with proper footwear and a caregiver if needed.
  3. Self-care
    Icing helps decrease inflammation, neuroplasticity and numbness. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist. In addition, consume a lot of fresh drinks to keep yourself hydrated. For some patients, having a caretaker means assistance with outdoor safety and medication management. Caregivers can also help you plan your day outdoors so you can have safe, worry-free fun in the sun.
  4. Planning and research
    Making an itinerary before your summer outing can reduce stress. Research the location you will be visiting and the type of activities involved. Carry enough water to stay hydrated and wear proper shoes to ensure your feet are protected at all times. For shade at the beach or a park, bring a chair and/or an umbrella. Wear comfortable clothes that doesn’t restrict your circulation and carry a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harsh sun.

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References:
climate.gov
fapnewstoday.com
lluh.org
foundationforpn.org