Synonym: Sea Sickness
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Motion sickness is found in a few people who get sick while traveling in a car, bus, ship, or plane. It’s a common phenomenon found in many people especially females and children.
What is motion sickness?
Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea, vomiting, or dizziness during travel in a car, ship, or airplane.
What causes motion sickness?
It’s caused by repeated motion by vehicle or other movements that stimulates inner ear.
It comprises of conflicting signals received by the brain through various receptors like eyes, inner ear, or joints.
The conflict is the perception of motion leaves the brain dizzy. Like your eyes are looking at movement, the inner ear is perceiving motion by the movement of the car but your legs are resting so joints are telling otherwise so the difference in reception of signals leaves the brain confused. In turn, a confused brain causes nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness in people.
What are the symptoms of motion sickness?
- Heaviness of head
- Feeling of unease or unwell
How can we control motion sickness?
There are few things that helps:
- Close your eyes or sleep (reduce the visual input to the brain)
- Try and fix your gaze on the horizon on the ship, take a seat over the wing in plane and see through windshield of car in the front seat: Aim is to look at a stable object.
- Avoid oily or heavy meal
- Do not consume alcohol or smoke
- Do not read a book or watch a movie during travel
- Ginger & peppermint helps
Moreover you could take medication to reduce the stimulation of inner ear like:
- Antihistamines are the mainstay of treatment like cinnarizine, dimenhydrinate, cyclizing, promethazine, hyoscine, etc. these all drugs cause sedation and dry mouth too.
- Antiemetics to reduce nausea vomiting like domperidone, ondansetron, etc
- Dermal patches are available too (hyoscine & scopolamine). Apply 3-4 hours prior to travel and they last for 2-3 days.
- Acupressure also offers pressure points (inner side of the wrist) to reduce nausea & vomiting.
Whenever I feel motion sickness I prefer to sleep through it.
I hope the post was useful to all.
Be well & Travel safe.
- Scott Brown 7th Ed.