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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Get regular, moderate exercise.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Practice stress-reduction techniques.
- Avoid excessive heat.
- Avoid infections.
- Get adequate rest.
- Avoid hot weather.
- Stay in air-conditioned places during periods of hot weather.
- Do not take hot showers or baths.
- Seek treatment for infections or fever.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Avoid overexertion.
When to Call Your Doctor
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013