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Seasickness Cures and Strategies

Aug 17, 2007
Ever find your self leaning over the low side of a boat offering your previously digested lunch to King Neptune while he slaps your face with a few salty waves? No? You just don't know what your missing. Can't say that I have either, and that's just fine with me. One of the things everyone worries about on their first trip, or when buying their first boat is whether they will get seasick. Not to worry. While I've never had to deal with it myself, I have had sailing friends who deal with it every time they go out on their boats. Not that they would ever let it stop them from enjoying their favorite pastime. Here are a few suggested strategies and cures to put your mind at rest if you really want to go boating, but don't have a cast iron stomach.

Prolong the Inevitable

If you know your prone to seasickness, keep these tricks in mind. Stay on deck as much as possible, and keep an eye on the horizon. Going down below to rest if your feeling queasy is a sure way to push you over the edge. Try not to sit too much. They say that sitting is the position most likely to induce seasickness. Trying to stay busy wile on the boat tends to keep the queasy feeling away. Proably the reason I've never experienced it, is I always seem to be the guy on the wheel, or messing around with the sails. Could be a mental thing as well. If you have medication for seasickness, be sure to take it sooner than later. Better to have the medicine working when the heavy weather hits, then to go scrambling for some pills when it starts. If you going to be on a long boating trip, try to spend a few days on the boat before leaving the dock. It gives your body a chance to acclimate to the motion of the boat before it really starts moving around on the open water.

Dealing With The Devil

Once your sick, you have no choice but to deal with it. Transcutaneous electrical nerve simulators (often called TENS) use electrical stimulation to combat seasickness. They have no side effects, and you shouldn't even notice them while wearing the bands on your arm. Accupressure wristbands can be used in the early or late stages of the sickness. Queaz-Away Band is one of the name brands. There are a number of medicinal aids as well for tackling the sickness. Some are Stugeron, Bonine, Dranamine and Phenergan. The Transderm Scop patch is another product, whose side effects have been reduced as the product has improved.

As you can see, there are plenty of options for dealing with seasickness. So, you no longer have any excuses to put off your boating adventures any longer. Happy sailing.
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