I just returned from my first cruise on the Spirit 3/27-4/4, 8 day Southern Caribbean. By the second full day at sea I started to notice I was swelling up! I had read about this happening, but didn't think I would experience it. It got so bad that my entire face swelled up to the point I couldn't see because my eyes were so puffed up. My feet looked like water balloons and my toes looked like snausages!
I went to the infirmary (being a nurse myself I thought maybe I could get a mild diruetic)... nope. They told me it was common and caused by the sun (I really over did it in the sun), alcohol, salty food served on board and the salt air that is absorbed by the body. It seems to affect some people and not others. I was lucky i guess huh? (lol)
I went to my cabin and soaked a washcloth in the ice bucket, and laid it over my eyes. I had my feet elevated on a stack of pillows and spent a few hours this way as often as I could while it was bad.
During this time I noticed that my urine output had really decreased! I started to drink bottled water (which I had brought along with me as I am a water drinker). I also took Motrin (max dose 800mg- do not take this dose unless you have before and know you can tolerate it and it doesn't interfere with any other medication you may take regularly) because it's an anti-inflammatory. They said to avoid alcohol (ugh) but I was on vacation!!
Well.... after laying down, feet elevated and icing my eyes I HAD to stop wasting time! I dressed for dinner, went to the bar and had the drink of the day.... It must have kicked my kidneys into gear because I started urinating again....
The worst of it started to subside but some remained until the end of the cruise. There are some great pictures of me looking like a bloated sausage (lol).
Lay with your feet elevated, cold cloth on your face. Take some Ibuprofen (if it is a med you have taken already and know you can tolerate it). Drink lots of water to help the kidneys produce urine. Limit sun exposure. All the things we don't want to do on vacation!!
Despite the swelling- I can't wait 'tll my next cruise!! I may ask my doctor in advance for a mild diruretic to bring with me in case it happens again.
Happy Cruising and No Swelling Up!