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Old 07-20-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Cruise swelling??? Anyone else???

The cruise weight gain thread got me wondering if anyone else has problems with swelling while cruising. I don't know what causes DH & me to swell up so much whenever we cruise. We've speculated it's the cuisine we normally don't eat (volume & variety) or the abundant adult beverages we normally don't consume. On our last 2 cruises we made a concerted effort to drink plenty of water and even munched the awesome ice bits in lieu of more ice cream. My feet still were miserably swollen and my heels at dinner had my poor hoofs screaming at me. Not an exaggeration: I look like I have Fred Flintstone feet when this swelling occurs. And it has happened on every cruise we've taken regardless of our various efforts. Soooooo, I'm actually thinking of buying some diuretics to try on our upcoming voyage. I don't know what else to do.

Seems like I read a thread a few years ago on Cruise Critic that mentioned cruise swelling. I'm curious if anyone here has noticed it and what you may have done to avoid or relieve it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:52 AM   #3
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I blame the fact that I have no control over how much salt they use during cooking. We use very little salt at our house and everything on the ship tastes very salty to me.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:59 AM   #4
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Not just the salt in the food, but also the salt in the air from the water the ship is sailing in. I swell every cruise as well as when I go to a beach.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:02 AM   #5
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I got this as well! My family didn't have swelling though. Just me. I attributed it to food and alcohol. I too tried to drink lots of water to no avail.

I don't prepare food with a lot of salt and do not drink that much in every day life. Be interested in what people do to deal with it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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My feet and ankles swell every time I cruise. I think it is the salt content of the food. Last time, upon a recommendation from someone, I brought along a body brush and Elemis Spa At Home Cellutox Active Body Oil
and rubbed the product and brushed/massaged it in with the brush every morning on my lower legs and feet and it curbed the swelling.

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Old 07-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #7
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It happened to my dad more than the rest of us. We couldn't figure it out, but he tried drinking more water the last day or so.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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I had it on just one ankle / foot but also had a weird rash on that same part of my leg. We had been traveling for five days, but it didn't rash and swell until the end of the second day on board. It took three days to go away... Thankfully we had a sea day so I iced and kept it propped up and that seemed to help. We were on the ship another 19 days without any more incident. The rash is weird and I know of two others on our same sailing who had similar experience.
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I had it on just one ankle / foot but also had a weird rash on that same part of my leg. We had been traveling for five days, but it didn't rash and swell until the end of the second day on board. It took three days to go away... Thankfully we had a sea day so I iced and kept it propped up and that seemed to help. We were on the ship another 19 days without any more incident. The rash is weird and I know of two others on our same sailing who had similar experience.

This happens to me, on cruises and in the parks. My doctor said the "rash" is broken capillaries from the swelling. It sounds (and feels) scarier than it is.

After trying a ton of different things, the only thing I've found to keep it from happening in the first place is to take Ibuprofen, starting the day before travel, and throughout the whole vacation.
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It happened to me on a four-night on the Wonder in March. I think it was all of the food combined with the mixer in my drink of choice - "Grey Goose and Tonic".
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #12
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Try Alpha Lipoic Acid

This is an antioxidant found in the vitamin aisle. I used to get swollen ankles and rashes when traveling, during summers, and lots of walking like at WDW. Now i take this once a day during these times and never have any troubles at all. Recently just toured 2 weeks in Europe and it worked great. Forgot to take it one day well into the trip and that next morning swollen ankles. Remembered to take it and next day I was fine.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #13
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I only have this happen if I fly first. it really swells my feet and ankles. once i'm on the ship I'm fine (touch wood) but if i'm staying at the resorts it will last the entire stay. I have thought maybe its because I walk more at the resorts but have my feet up most of the cruise. not really sure.
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This happens to me, on cruises and in the parks. My doctor said the "rash" is broken capillaries from the swelling. It sounds (and feels) scarier than it is.

After trying a ton of different things, the only thing I've found to keep it from happening in the first place is to take Ibuprofen, starting the day before travel, and throughout the whole vacation.
If you get this from swelling on cruises or especially when you are on your feet all day try compression stockings. I was really resistant but they are wonderful. They keep blood circulating in your legs and all the swelling our, which stops the broken capillaries. You will have so much more energy in your legs as the day goes on and at the end of the day no swelling.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #15
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I've never had any specific issues on a cruise, though this will be our first 7-nt, but I always swell during the summer anyway. If I spend all day out in the sun, my rings will be so tight they hurt, and shoes are tight too. I imagine its a combo of the heat and humidity, plus what everyone else has said: salt, lack of water, and lots of food and drink.
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