Sea sick problems, opinions!

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  1. MarioCoccon
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    MarioCoccon Senior Member

    Hi everybody, this sounds mental for me but everytime I go offshore cruising I fell seasick, this happen to me after I lost my boat 20 miles from the coast in a day like no tomorrow. But my son start feeling seasick what are the recomendation to eat or not to eat before and during the trip. I cut all kind od sweet things, some times take dramamine but after hour feel seasick. Another persons toll me eat salty things like seeds and export sodas. But finally what can help my family finally. Thanks to everyone, we are living to the Virgin Islands again in july and we want to croos all the out of a couple of islands to make the trip different. Thanks
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  3. Wellydeckhand

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    Yes the link shown by Brian have lotta of infomation concerning this subject..... happy reading:)
  4. spank
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    Hello Mario,
    In my experience, a product called Transderm-scop is the best. This is a patch that is applied behind the ear and is absorbed through the skin. One patch is good for about three days I think. My mother gets sea sick just looking at the water, but she really likes going out cruising. These patches have enabled her to enjoy the water for years. I have seenb others who suffer from bad sea sickness really benefit from these patches as well. You will need a prescription from a doctor to get the patches. Honestly, I have never seen a better product. A friend of mine takes Bonine, and he says that works for him. Perhaps you might try that as well. Although I am experienced offshore, I too can get sea sick from time to time when the conditions are is no fun at all.
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    Hi Mario, Spank's posting is spot on re "Scop". It is a great product but unfortunately discontinued in Australia. We do have a tablet with the same medicine called "Kwells". It contains Hyoscine Hydrobromide 0.3mg per tablet.
    As a pharmacist I can tell you it works very well on nearly everyone. Also it has very few side effects which is not the case with anti-histamines which usually make the person sleepy. :)
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    Try to only eat ONLY what tastes good going either way.

    Many folks (myself included) swear by ginger root (from the health food store) .
    Take it 4 hours or more before departure ,

  7. hansp77
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    A few wandering thoughts and questions about ginger,
    will any ginger do?
    I mean I assume fresh and raw would be best- it would contain the highest amount of whatever active substance it is that quells a queazy stomach- It is however generally a little hard to eat raw. Hot bitter and strong- not to mention woody.
    However, being a chef and a bit of a food freak, I personally love ginger, and have happily eaten it raw (when not on a boat!) by chewing on it with pinch of sugar.
    I actually really recomend this as far as taste goes. If you do enjoy the flavour of ginger, then you will be surprised how the simple addition of a bit of sugar will turn a raw burning lump of woody ginger into a delicious juicy fiberously chewy warm and vitalising treat!
    You chew and chew until in the end you are just left with fiber and you spit it out.
    I think I discovered this when camping or something, late at night, round a fire, with the muchies, and craving something sweet. Poor mans chewing gum or something. I also tend to try to eat this thing when I have a cold or flue or sore throat, as most people know the benefit of ginger for these ailments.
    The sugar was always a bit hard to manage though,
    Maybe at sea sugar cubes would be an easy way to deal with it?
    Break off a lump of ginger, start chewing and nibble on a sugar cube when needed.
    In two days when I move my boat to its new mooring I will try this very thing.

    The other option of course would be the candied ginger. I don't know how this would compare to fresh, but at least it is easy, and yum (for the less adventurous).
    I assume for the histamine reasons one wouldn't want to take chocolate coated ginger.

    In Australia at least, there is a drink that you can get from a lot of health food and organic type shops called ginger nectar- I have had the stuff since I was a kid, being that it was made in my small home town, and now it seems to be available across the country. It is a delicous sweet sort of nectar juice made out of ginger, lemon and sugar/honey I think. This might be another easy option.

    Then of course, you could just swallow a capsule.
    but that just seems like a waste to me, of something that can be so delicious.

    Hans. (ginger freak)
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    Some people suffer from chronic seasickness, that is, they are always feeling ill out on the water. I served under a Coast Guard Captain who had 34 years of sea time and he was always sick!. I don't know what he took for it but he never let his motion sickness get in the way of his job. So it can be overcome. Scop is good. I know a lot of people who use it. Fortunately I'm one of those who rarely gets sea sick so I've never had to use it.

    As for what to eat, in the Coast Guard they always put the newbies on a Saltine and soda diet. The Saltine crackers soak up the stomach acid and the soda settles things down. So stick with dry foods, crackers, bread, preferably toasted, and liquids that won't upset your stomach such as Soda pop.
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    Oh yes, I forgot the most important part. Make sure you keep something on your stomach. The dry heaves are far worse than feeling a bit of nausea
  10. Wellydeckhand

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    cure poison with poison, I suggest open up a can of sardine and drink whisky with it....... a while you wake up and throw out at the side of the boat, feeling better you'll think the sea is not that rough......... only a point of view.......:)
  11. imagery1jw
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    imagery1jw The neophite!

    In one of the most recent showings of mythbusters on the Discovery channel one of the guys had seasickness and took ginger pills for it. It seemed to work. You might want to give them a try. If i find the link for it on there web page ill post it.
  12. pashbe1
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    Pressure Point Wrist Bands

    A few years ago I worked on a terrible old purse seiner. Since then I get seasick whenever I'm below. The pressure point wrist band seem to help keep the nausea to a tolerable level. When it starts getting bad I apply a little pressure. One problem is the move during sleep and I wake up sick. Maybe it is all in the head...compartment that is.
  13. Wellydeckhand

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    pressure point behind the ear and pressing the ear lobe help too...... try fresh lime skin and smell it.

    You can use dry clove and stuck to lemon and put in the cabin....... this is a cure thing for me...... make me feel like finding a glass of lemon instead of sick. Maybe it is the sour thing like when someone pregnant hei?

  14. safewalrus
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    safewalrus Ancient Marriner

    The most famous English Sailor Nelson was seasick eery time he went to sea except his last voyage (so theres no shame in it).

    How did he solve it ? Some nasty foreign gentleman shot him! cured it!

    I'm not suggesting anything that drastic, try to keep busy and your mind off the problem - think sick, be sick! stay busy, think busy, stay well, works most of the time (until you stop - then it's hooray and up she rises!!!)

  15. Wellydeckhand

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    That is true too..... I have seen alot of the bloke too busy working on deck during the storm and forgotten to get sick:)
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