Going on a cruise is a wonderful experience, especially if you are the kind who loves watching horizons and the free flowing seemingly endless ocean water all around. However, your joy can soon turn out to be a nightmare if you fall ill with seasickness. Although, seasickness in not at all fatal, it surely can keep you tied to your bed all through the journey if adequate measures are not taken immediately.
Some of the common symptoms of seasickness include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. Usually motion sickness is more common while you are on the boat and is supposed to affect due to the visual disorientation. It is caused because your body being in a natural position tries to maintain a balance with the ship in motion. The problem of seasickness increases whenever the sea becomes rough and rocking. However, there are people who become seasick merely by suggestion. It is a general observation that in many cases, the sickness is mental and can be easily cured once the patient is convinced that he is not sick at all.
People who have chronic motion sickness problems are sure to suffer more due to the rough sea voyage. A general observation by health experts suggests that seasickness is more common in women and young children. However, surprisingly, children of two years and less are almost immune to this problem. Similarly, the elderly people too are less susceptible to this problem.
If you suffer from seasickness then it is better to take preventive measures before you board the ship so that you can enjoy the journey without any problem. For this, you can consult your caregiver who may prescribe you particular drugs for combating seasickness. Also, there are certain time-tested and tried home remedies for combating seasickness.
Drugs for Combating Seasickness
Several drugs available in the market can control the bouts of seasickness. Some of them include:
- Transderm Scop is a type of scopolamine patch that you have to apply just behind the ear, eight hours prior to your exposure to the sea atmosphere.
- The effect lasts for around three days, however may vary depending upon the intensity of an individual’s seasickness problem.
- This Scop can be obtained from the pharmacist only on prescription and is not a treatment but a preventive measure.
- It should be used only on prescription as it can cause minor side effects such as drowsiness, blurry vision, dry mouth and dizziness.
- Drugs that are used for treating seasickness include Meclizine or Bonine, Dramamine, Diphenhydramine or Benadryl.
- These are easily available over the counter and on many ships are dispensed freely so that the passengers do not suffer from seasickness symptoms.
If you want to avoid drugs or have an allergy towards a particular kind of medicine, you can opt for other alternatives. Some such options include:
- Sea-Band wristband is an option that many find helpful in controlling the symptoms of seasickness.
- You have to wear it the moment you put your feet on the ship.
- It is an acupressure-inspired product and is easy to wear.
- It has to be worn on the wrist that is the Nei-Kuan pressure point according to the acupressure therapy.
- It effectively curbs nausea, vomiting and motion sickness associated with seasickness without causing any side effects.
- The wristbands are available in all sizes and can be used both by adults and children and even by pregnant women.
- These are easily available in the drug stores and can be obtained without any prescription.
- This is an old and time-tested remedy. You can use ginger to alleviate the problem of nausea caused by motion sickness.
- You can use it in powder form or in tea, candy or a pill.
- You can combine it with different other things such as honey and lemon to give it a better taste.
Many on-board menus have green apples in their list, as these are known to reduce the symptoms of seasickness.
Tips for Combating Seasickness
- To make your body used to the life on shipboard, you should try to spend more time on the deck and maintain the equilibrium by following the horizon.
- The ship is most balanced in the middle. Hence, if you suffer from seasickness you should book yourself an outside cabin just in the middle, which is the natural point of balance on the ship.
- Make sure that your cabin has a window from where you can watch the horizon.
With all these precautions and remedies, you are bound to be successful in getting over the seasickness problem and enjoy your cruise.