Winter is around the corner and our bodies have already started reacting to cold temperatures. People with Parkinson’s are particularly more sensitive to cold temperatures as it can exacerbate their conditions. Learn here how you can protect your loved one suffering from Parkinson’s from the effects of cold.
Parkinson’s is a brain condition that has affected millions of people around the world.
The typical symptoms include tremor, slow movement, muscle stiffness, and balance problem.
Cold is one of the environmental factors that can worsen the disease symptoms, although it’s usually undermined by not only the patient but also family members.
Research has shown that exposure to cold temperature is likely to cause cold limbs in approx. 50% of patients. This can potentially lead to pain and problem in walking or standing.
How to deal with it?
Here are a few tips that will help you protect from the effects of cold temperature.
- Limit your outdoor activities. Try to avoid going outside and ask your family member for help if you need anything from the market.
- Cover yourself properly while going outside and try to go out during the day if you have to.
- Wear several layers of warm clothes and socks, cover your hands, ear, and neck properly. Use non-slippery shoes and a walking stick/cane if you are afraid of falling.
- Stick to your regular exercise routine and try to do it at home. This can help reduce your body pain and muscle stiffness. It will also protect you from depressive feelings. Check here the different types of exercise that are specifically designed for Parkinson’s patients.
- Plan your trip in advance in case you need to spend more time outside of your home. It is important to know the weather condition of your final destination. Check the temperature and take your warm stuff according to that. Make sure your car heating system works properly. And never forget to take your medicines with you.
Click here for our detailed review about how to deal with Parkinson’s disease.