Managing PoTS can be difficult at the best of times, but many people find the heat of summer to significantly worsen their symptoms. Me included. So before the hot weather kicks in, I thought I’d put together some tips for managing PoTS in summer. I really hope you find them helpful.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: Ice Lollies
Ice lollies serve two purposes for managing PoTS in summer. They increase your water consumption and cool you down. You may be wondering how increasing your water intake can reduce PoTS symptoms. The answer is that it raises blood pressure and lowers the heart rate. I’ll often have three ice lollies in a day during the summer, so it’s important to check the packet to make sure my sugar consumption isn’t too much. If you’re concerned about this, or if buying ice lollies is an extra expense that you can’t manage, you can always make your own.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: Using A Facial Mist
Another great way to stay cool in the summer and reduce the impact heat has on your PoTS is to use a facial mist. I find mine is particularly useful when out and about. You never know when you’ll come across a building who’s air conditioning is broken.
I found a facial mist particularly helpful when I was I was experiencing excessive facial sweating as a symptom of my PoTS. I know, TMI right!?! Thankfully, this isn’t a symptom I get often any more. When I did, having a facial mist helped me feel fresh, rather than sticky and gross.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: Never Leave Home Without A Bottle Of Water
As I’ve said above, water is helpful in managing PoTS symptoms. In the summer, I like to half fill my bottles and put them in the freezer. Make sure you only half fill the bottle though, because water expands when it freezes. Then, take it out of the freezer just before you leave the house and top it up. The ice will melt slowly and keep your water cold. This is great not only for drinking, but you can also put it on your forehead to cool you down. Even if you don’t freeze some water, it’s important to take a bottle of water out with you. You never know when you’ll be able to buy a drink when you’re out.
It’s also worth keeping a bottle of water by your bed. Where possible, cold and/or with ice in. Mini fridges are worth considering, though they can be noisy.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: Pocket Fans Are Your Friend
Unfortunately, because of my photosensitive migraine, I can’t use pocket fans as the blades create a flicker. But having a pocket fan can be really helpful for keeping cool and managing heat related PoTS symptoms. The beauty of a hand held fan is that you can take it with you wherever you go.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: Find The Shade
The temperature is always lower in the shade, so it makes sense to spend as much time in the shade when you’re out and about as possible. However, this isn’t always practical. If you’re going somewhere that there won’t be much/any shade, consider taking a parasol or umbrella to create your own.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: Sandals
I live in sandals during the summer. They let the air get to your feet, keeping you that little bit cooler. They also don’t feel as uncomfortable when your feet start to get hot and prickly and a little swollen as the result of blood pooling associated with PoTS.
Tips For Managing PoTS In Summer: A Cool Vest
Now, a cool vest is a big investment. You’re looking at around about £200 pounds. While I don’t have a cool vest yet, I’m in the process of sourcing one. While the tips above have all been benefitted me in managing PoTS in summer, I’ve still had days where I can’t sit up for more than 30 minutes at a time. After reading Jo’s Phase Change Cooling Vest Review I knew that this was something I’d really benefit from.
A cheaper alternative would be to wrap a bag of frozen peas in a towel and place it on your body. This is harder to do while going about your daily life, but a lot cheaper. Just make sure you don’t eat the peas afterwards.
What are your tips for managing PoTS in summer?
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