The Disney rash is a type of blood vessel inflammation known as vasculitis that affects the lower regions of the legs after engaging in excessive exercise or activity for an extended time, particularly in hot weather. It is more common in women over the age of 50.
This rash is known medically as exercise-induced vasculitis (EIV). Golfer’s rash or golfer’s vasculitis are other names for it. It is completely safe and usually goes away on its own within two weeks of first appearing.
Though medical disorders are sometimes named after people, the Disney rash is not named after someone named “Disney.” However, the term was inspired by the fact that the rash is frequent among visitors to Disney World and other prominent theme parks.
What are the symptoms of Disney rash?
Although EIV is commonly called Disney rash, it is not real.
EIV, on the other hand, is a disorder in which small blood vessels in the legs become inflamed. Swelling and discoloration of one or both ankles and legs are possible. It usually affects the calves or shins, although it can also affect the thighs.
Large red patches, purple or red spots, and raised welts are all symptoms of EIV. Itching, tingling, burning, or stinging may occur. It may also have no bodily effects.
Look for the following symptoms:
- Blotches or patches of red or purple color
- Edema (swelling) in the afflicted areas
- Itching and pain
- Burning or stinging sensations
Exercise-Induced Vasculitis (EIV) – Ankle and lower leg rashes
Exercise-induced vasculitis (EIV) is one of the most common rashes reported by Disney guests. It is what most people think of when they hear about the Disney or Epcot rash. EIV is also known as “golfer’s vasculitis,” since the doctor who published the first study on the ailment began looking into it after patients complained of acquiring a rash on their lower legs and ankles while playing golf.
The rash appears to be caused by a combination of reflected light and heat from walking surfaces and direct sunshine, which is why it usually appears on the ankles and lower calves. My mother and I get this rash at Epcot, but I’ve also experienced it in the ruins of Ephesus (Turkey) and on a walking tour of New York City.
What’s the best way to treat Disney rash?
Use cool washcloths or ice packs.
If you have this temporary vasculitis, placing a damp covering, such as a towel, on your legs can help treat it. Ice packs or cold washcloths to keep your legs cool will help ease inflammation and minimize swelling.
Apply anti-itch cream
If your rash is irritating, you can get some relief by taking antihistamines or applying topical corticosteroids. You might also use witch hazel towelettes or an itch-relieving lotion.
Don’t allow yourself to become dehydrated. Water and other fluids may assist in relieving and preventing EIV.
Elevate your feet
It may be difficult to rest on vacation but incorporate rest breaks with elevated legs whenever feasible.
You can accomplish this while someone holds your position in line for rides and during snack or lunch breaks. Using air-conditioned kiosks or restrooms with seating can also be beneficial.
Check guest services
First aid stations are often located around Disney and other theme parks. They may have anti-itch cooling gel on hand to use on your skin. You can also prepare some ahead of time.
Soak your feet
After a long day, relax in a soothing oatmeal bath. Sleeping with your legs raised may also help.
Methods of Prevention
- The Disney rash is typically caused by strenuous exertion in warm weather. Therefore, here are some basic actions you may take to avoid the rash:
- Wear light, loose clothing to keep your body temperature down when you’re outside or in warm weather.
- Drink plenty of fluids, such as water or fresh juices. Carry a water bottle with you and take sips at regular intervals.
- Wear footwear that is both comfortable and well-fitting.
- To support your legs, wear compression socks and stockings.
- Take break if you’ve been doing a workout or activity for a long time, such as walking, trekking, or bodybuilding. Take small 15-minute rests every hour you walk, for example, to rest your legs and feet.
Even if you’re in excellent physical condition, a day at a theme park can be exhausting. Try to schedule some quiet time to rest and recharge at the end of the day.
A good night’s sleep can also help you recharge for the next day’s activities. Drink plenty of water and avoid dehydrating drugs such as alcohol and caffeine.
If you have a Disney rash, take a cool bath or shower, followed by a skin-cooling gel or ointment application. Remember to keep your feet up.