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Beat Summertime Heat Flares With A Few Cool Tools

April 18

Are you dreading another season of extreme temperatures and nasty heat induced flares?

How do we prepare to beat summertime heat flares? Good question!

It’s not even May yet, and the temperatures here in the Southwest Desert are predicted to reach 100 degrees by Sunday!

Time to think about the quickly approaching summer season, and how to combat the temperature extremes that often bring on Fibromyalgia flares.

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Beat Summertime Heat Flares With A Few Cool Tools


Beat Summertime Heat Flares With A Few Cool Tools

  • Chill Pal Cooling Towel~ Know those places on your body where you can feel your pulse? Those ‘pulse points’ can quickly cool your body temperature when they come in contact with cold water. This happens because the blood vessels in these areas are close to the surface. Most of us are familiar with our neck and wrist ‘pulse points’:

Chill Pal Cooling Towel

  • Silicone Beverage Glasses~ Keep a cool beverage by the pool, or at a picnic with these dishwasher safe containers. They will bend to fit into backpacks, purses, or baskets.

Rubber Wine Glasses

Cooling Pillow~ ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow’…or the pillow itself! Memory foam and a heat diffusing cooling gel make this pillow perfect for those hot summer nights:

Memory Foam Pillow With Cooling Gel

  • Laptop Cooler~ Obviously this is not for your body. However considering the fact that I’m forced to hibernate indoors for 3 months out of the year here in the desert, taking good care of my laptop is essential! 

Laptop Cooler

  • Cooling Puppy Towel~ Let’s not forget the pups!! I love the idea of this cooling towel for dogs. Especially now that so many outdoor cafes and such are starting to allow dogs. This would be a great traveling accessory for your furry companion, who as we all know, helps those with chronic illness to feel better in SO many ways!

Pet Microfiber Cooling Towel

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  • Reply Alice April 18 at 4:54 pm

    I too really suffer from the heat. I live in the high desert in Southern California. (Palmdale) I am trying the coolers for my 2 little dogs. I am thinking about the pillow for me too, but I am extremely picky about my pillows. I don’t have a good one now ☹️

    • Reply kristine April 18 at 6:51 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about pillows Alice! Glad your pups will enjoy the cooling mats! I lived in Victorville for a few years so I know that high desert heat can be a bear! 😉

  • Reply Sharon Hutchinson April 19 at 6:22 am

    I need to show this article to my doctor. He says most patients suffer from the cold, but I am just the opposite and he said I am a rarity. Summer heat is horrible! It’s not just my illness since as far back as my memory serves, I’ve hated summer. My maximum heat temp is 72 degrees, so living where you do would never be an option for me.

    These are great tips for keeping this wanna be Eskimo gal nice an d cool! That towel rocks–right up my alley. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Reply kristine April 19 at 11:09 pm

      You are welcome Sharon! I think any extreme temp can cause flares. It is definitely not a rarity 🙂

  • Reply Bronwyn Pease April 19 at 3:05 pm

    Yes to that too Sharon re the “being worse in Summer”. I always find Summer/hotter months to be when the “burning pain” sets off in my legs. Even just sitting here now, with some sun on my legs, in early morning, I can feel the same pain (not bad here, though, now as we are entering our Winter/Autumn months). So you can tell your doctor that you are not alone.

    • Reply Sharon Hutchinson April 20 at 6:59 am

      So glad to know this is not as rare as I thought. Seems everyone LOVES summer and to me I am already dreading it. We had 80 degrees the other day when the norm should be around the upper ’50s. Plus the fact that once again, other than maybe one major snowstorm, my winter clothes saw little use this year. Gotta move “Way up North”!. I’m going to tell my doctor I am not alone in my summertime misery. He’s a great doctor but he LOVES summer.

  • Reply christa April 21 at 3:30 pm

    I NEEDED these tips. Just came back and had to laugh when you talked about hibernating through summer. I feel the same way! Thank you!
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    • Reply kristine April 21 at 5:13 pm

      Right?! And it hit 100 today! Ugh! 😉

  • Reply Karen April 21 at 4:11 pm

    What a great post! I live in the Phoenix area also (Tempe) and have both Fibro & CFS and I also find summers very hard! The best summer I’ve had in a while was in 2015 when we had an opportunity to live in Flagstaff for the summer. What a difference it made!!! As the temps have moved up the scale, my energy has decreased dramatically.
    The pillow looks like a huge help! That’s on my wish list!
    PS I’m also a knitter. 🙂 TetaKnits on Ravelry.

    • Reply kristine April 21 at 5:14 pm

      Hello Karen, my fellow Phoenician! I know what you mean. I was in Sedona on Wednesday, and it was SO nice! 🙂

  • Reply Valerie April 22 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I spend my summer in the a/c house. Just one step outside sets it off. I tell people but they don’t seem to understand. I also have an allergy to the sun, raised rashes unless I cover up. It is nice to know others understand and share their experiences. I am grateful.

    • Reply kristine April 22 at 9:25 pm

      Sorry to hear the summers are so hard on you Valerie! I can sympathize! 😉

      • Reply Valerie April 25 at 1:20 pm

        Thanks Kristine.

  • Reply Sharon Hutchinson April 22 at 6:31 pm

    Sorry to post so many comments here but I just wondered if anyone else also gets headaches from the hot sun. Of course wearing a hat and staying in the shade helps a lot, but ever since I was a child staying out in the sun would give me awful headaches. When my family went to the beach, I was the one who came home with a headache every time.

    It is so nice to know there are others who have a problem with the heat. People look at me weird when I tell them how much I dread the coming of warmer temps.

  • Reply Valerie April 25 at 8:09 am

    Sunshine does give me headaches or makes the ones I have worse. I often have to close the curtains on sunny days mostly in summer. Going outdoors I have to wear very dark sunglasses which seem to help a bit. Having allergies in the outdoors does affect having more summer headaches for me. When I am inside this summer, I will know I am not alone. Thanks to you all for sharing.

  • Reply Ali Hemsley April 27 at 3:52 am

    Great post! I especially like the one for the pups – my dog is always looking for the shade in summer!

    • Reply kristine April 27 at 10:50 am

      Thank you Ali! I know what you mean. Living in the desert can be brutal for the dogs. Keeping them inside in A/C is ideal, but on the rare occasion when they are outside for awhile, a cooling mat like this would be wonderful 😉

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