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.Two thoughts-
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?
1. Do you eat quite a bit of shellfish when you are on a cruise? There is shellfish allergy that can start off not so bad, rashes etc. but can become dangerous.
2. if you are spending a lot of time you could be getting what is called "sun poisoning".
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