Motion sickness can be caused by any form of transportation. And can strike suddenly, bringing a sickening feeling to your stomach. It also progresses from a feeling of uneasiness to a cold sweat to dizziness and also vomiting.Being car-sick does not cause any long-term problems, but the discomforts it causes can also make your life pretty miserable for the period with the motion, and quiets down as soon as the motion stops.
- It is also known as seasickness, airsickness or carsickness.
- If you plan ahead, the sickness can be escaped.
- During traveling, ensure to reserve seats where the motion is not so much.
Elderly people women and Children from 5 years to 12 years old tend to get motion sickness more than others.
Motion sickness occurs when a part of your system which senses balance (the eyes, your inner ear, and sensory nerves) senses that your body is in motion, but the other parts do not sense these movements. This leads to a conflict between the senses, resulting in the discomforts you feel.
Motion from trains, cars, boats or ship rides. Airplanes, amusement park rides, fight simulators, and even video games can also make you sick. Your eyes see the motion in these cases, but it is not felt or sensed by your body.
Symptoms of motion sickness
Some of the symptoms include the following:
- A general feeling of unwell (Malaise).
These symptoms usually go away as soon as the motion stops
How To Prevent Motion Sickness
Since the symptoms are hard to stop once they start, it’s always best to try to avoid motion sickness before they start.
Here are some tips to help you avoid motion sickness:
- Do not eat any heavy meal before traveling.
- Do not drink alcohol before traveling.
- Avoid moving your head so much.
- Try as much as possible to avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and strong odors.
- Don’t drink or eat during short trips.
- Do not smoke or sit close to smokers.
- Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), Meclizine (Antivert) at least 30 to 60 minutes before traveling.
- Avoid reading during your trip. Try to focus on a stationary object.
Medications to prevent and reduce nausea and vomiting include:
- Antiemetics to reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Scopolamine (Transderm Scop), which comes in a prescription adhesive patch. The patch is applied behind the ear, and hours before traveling. This motion sickness patch provides a 72-hour protection.
- Some types of antihistamines which may likely cause drowsiness.
Most of these motion sickness pills work better when taken before traveling, and may sometimes require a prescription.
When you have motion sickness, the following tips may bring you some relief:
- Getting some fresh air.
- Sipping on fizzy, clear drinks such as ginger ale.
- Eating dry cracker or taking a soda.
- Keeping your head still or lying down.