Summer is here, and you don't have to miss the fun! As an MPN patient, you can still enjoy sunny days and warm nights with simple precautions. In this article, you will find some tips to help you stay safe and healthy this season.
Dehydration can worsen MPN symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and itchiness. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you. You can also eat fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, and lettuce.
Protect yourself from the sun
Use sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and light clothing to protect your skin from sunburn and heat stroke. Avoid being outdoors during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun is strongest.
Manage your temperature
Some people with MPN may experience night sweats or hot flashes, making sleeping or staying comfortable difficult. You can use a fan, air conditioner, or cooling pillow to lower your body temperature. You can also use lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Avoid spicy foods, hot drinks and alcohol, which can trigger sweating.
Follow your doctor's advice
Avoid crowded places and sick people to reduce the risk of infection. Also, following your doctor's advice about medications, blood tests, and treatments is essential.
If you plan to travel this summer, consult your doctor beforehand. You may need to adjust your medication schedule, get shots, or take precautions against infections. You should also carry a copy of your medical records and prescriptions in an emergency. If you're flying, drink plenty of water, move your legs often, and wear compression stockings to prevent blood clots.
Have fun and relax
Summer is a time to have fun and do the things you love. Whether gardening, swimming, walking or reading a book, find activities that make you happy and reduce stress.
Join the MPN community!
You can also connect with others with MPN through our online forums or support groups and share your experiences and tips.
Remember that you are not alone and that many resources and people can help you with your MPN. We are a community, and together we are stronger!