People suffering from motion sickness can feel sick whenever travel by car, plane, train, or ship. Common symptoms of motion sickness are feeling of nausea and dizziness, and possibly a headache. If the motion continues, person may begin to feel worse and may break out in a sweat, breathe rapidly and shallowly, turn pale, and vomit. Motion sickness occurs when brain receives conflicting messages from the balance organs inside the ears and from the eyes. Some people are more susceptible to motion sickness than others, and anxiety can contribute to the problem.
Motion Sickness Symptoms
- A feeling of discomfort in the stomach.
- Increased production of saliva.
- Feeling hot and clammy.
- Nausea, vomiting.
- Occasionally drowsiness, or depression.
Home Remedies for Motion Sickness
- Ginger: Take ginger root capsules an hour or two before starting a trip. Alternatively, try nibbling a slice of fresh ginger or crystallized ginger, or take 1/2 or 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in fruit juice.
- Acupressure: Try acupressure bands which are thought to relieve nausea by stimulating a point on the wrist.
Do’s for Motion Sickness
- Try to choose a position with least motion. When you fly, request a seat near the wings. In a ship, sit in the middle, or stay on deck if you can. If you are below deck or in an enclosed cabin, try to sleep as much as you can. In a train, sit by a window, facing the direction of travel. In a car, sit in a front seat.
- Try to keep your head still by resting it on a headrest. Move your head as little as possible. Head movement can increase motion sickness.
- Eat a little bland food before traveling.
- Make sure that you have access to fresh air.
- In a car or train, focus on the horizon or something in the distance in the direction of travel.
- If anxiety plays a part, try breathing exercises.
Don’ts for Motion Sickness
- Avoid strong odors, spicy foods, and cigarette smoke.
- Avoid reading, writing, or looking down.
- Avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks before and during the trip.
- Have motion sickness symptoms a day or two after travel.
- Have symptoms such as nausea and dizziness when you are not traveling.
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