Have you ever gotten a rash on your legs at Disney World and wondered what it was?
Exercise-Induced Vasculitis (EIV) – Rash on Ankles and Lower Legs
One of the most common rashes reported by Disney guests is Exercise-Induced Vasculitis (EIV) and is what most people experience when they talk about the “Disney Rash”.
EIV is also commonly called Golfer’s Rash or Golfer’s Vasculitis because the doctor who published an early study on the condition started investigating it as a result of patients who complained of developing a rash on their lower legs and ankles while playing golf.
(Note: It’s most common in golfers wearing shorts while playing in the morning after nighttime golf course watering.)
Symptoms: A person’s legs and ankles begin to swell (this is called edema) due to standing and walking in a hot and humid place, such as the Magic Kingdom; the swelling inflames the small blood vessels in the lower legs and causes red bumps to appear on the surface of the skin. The combination of reflected light and heat from hot walking surfaces along with direct sunlight seem to be a factor, which is why the rash occurs on the ankles and lower calves.
Because the rash typically occurs at and above the sock line, it often gets misdiagnosed as an allergen, bug bite, or other irritant that came in contact with the exposed skin but clinical swabs of the skin surface typically come back negative.
The reason that the rash doesn’t occur below the sock line is that the sock and shoe provide compression that reduces edema and prevents damage to small blood vessels. This type of rash is not contagious, is rarely itchy, and typically goes away in about a week.
Prevention: Wear your socks pulled up high, at least 5” – 6”. Put extra sunscreen on your lower legs, at least SPF 50. Take an Advil in the morning and 1 at bedtime to reduce inflammation. Creams like hydrocortisone and Calamine are not usually effective. Wear pants.
Note: I’ve never gotten this rash walking around Disneyland! Only at Disney World. Humidity – and temps in the 90s – must play a factor. And never in January when I wear pants to the parks.
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale