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I have sailed the high seas since 1947 with no adverse affects whatsoever. However, during the past 7 years, I have been experiencing a very uncomfortable and itchy rash. It has occurred on various ships - Balmoral, Seabourn and Silver Whisper and starts on my hands a few days after boarding. It then spreads up my arms (sometimes neck and face), legs and feet, but not the body itself. It can turn to blisters so it is not a mild rash. I have been prescribed hydrocortisone cream and cetrizine to no avail. However, as soon as I disembark the ship, within 24 hours, I begin to feel relief.
I am desperate to find a cause for this and have been through all the usual thoughts of the drinking water, showers, washing powder used on sheets etc, chemicals and cleaning agents. I am at the stage where I am considering stopping cruising to avoid the discomfort, which is so disappointing as I enjoy it so much.
I have discussed it with my doctor who doesn't have any answers other than the above prescription. Having travelled worldwide, something must have changed on board ship over the years to cause this. Perhaps something is being used on ships that wasn't previously? I wish I could identify it.
I'm desperate to know the cause so that I could avoid it. Can anyone help?
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Last edited by SPacificbound; January 22nd, 2013 at 04:57 PM.
My guess is also polymorphic light eruptions. It will come on the areas most exposed to sunlight, ie hands and feet. This is a type of "allergic reaction" to sunlight. For me it started very mildly in my 20's but got significantly worse in my 50's. I get it the first sun exposure of the season, hence, on my annual March cruise. Once it runs its course, it stays away until the following year. I have used oral steroids to prevent it with good results. Once it comes, nothing seems to make much difference. You can google good information. Hope this helps!