Preventing and dealing with seasickness on cruises

If you’re planning on taken a several day cruise on a ship traveling to the most beautiful destinations, nothing ruins a trip quicker than getting sea sickness. The best method of dealing with this form of motion sickness while on an ocean liner is to prevent yourself from getting sick because once you feel queasy it’s more difficult to get back to feeling normal. Here are some methods for preventing and dealing with seasickness.

Preventative Measures

One of the most popular methods of preventing seasickness is the Transderm Scop, which is a patch you place behind your ear a few hours before you board. The great thing about the patch is that it lasts for up to three days, but it is only available through prescription. There are some possible side effects like dizziness, drowsiness and blurry vision. If you fear you will get seasick or know you get sick for sure, see a doctor for prescribed medicine.

There are also over-the-counter preventative drugs available like Benadryl or Meclizine. The major side effects of these drugs are that they tend to cause extreme sleepiness. If you forget medication and fear you might get sick, officials on the cruise usually have these drugs available on the ship.

Non-drug remedies are sometimes just as effective. One way of preventing seasickness is to avoid alcohol, stay away from heavy foods that are spicy or wearing acupressure wristbands. While some people say the wristbands are highly effective at preventing seasickness, results are definitely mixed. These wristbands press against pressure points on the wrist and supposedly prevent the feeling of sickness. For those going on a cruise for the first time, it’s hard to determine what method works best for you.

Dealing With Seasickness

Sometimes you think you are not susceptible to seasickness, but all of a sudden you begin to feel a bit ill. The symptoms of seasickness include nausea, vertigo and general queasiness. If you start to feel these symptoms there are a few things you can do to make yourself feel better. Get to an open portion of the ship where you’re able to feel the air on your face and focus on something fixed in the distance, like the shore or the horizon. Sometimes, concentrating on your sickness exacerbates the problem, so try listening to music to get your mind on something else.

Cruises are amazingly fun experiences, so don’t let seasickness ruin it. By following these preventative measures, you’re more likely to keep yourself calm and relaxed while enjoying your fun trip.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a freelance writer and contributes to a number of blogs, including the official blogs of Camping Gear Outlet and Knife Depot.

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