Travel sickness, also known as motion sickness, effects certain individuals who are sensitive to a repetitive movement of the whole body.
What to look for
The symptoms include nausea, heavy breathing, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, headache, pallor, sweating and discomfort in the abdominal area.
Traveling in cars, boats, planes and buses are the usual causes, but the effect may also be brought on by funfair rides and sometimes by going up or down in a lift. The cause of travel sickness is thought to be connected to the balancing mechanisms within the ear which help the brain coordinate information about space and movement. As well as physical causes, there may also be a psychological cause brought on by fear of movements over which the person has no control.
When to seek further professional advice
If you suffer from travel sickness you can visit your doctor so that he can treat it.
Acupressure: Pressing on the wrist with fingers at a certain point can help allieviate travel sickness.
Other therapies include: Aromatherapy, Homeopathy and Bach flower remedies.
Travel sickness is rarely suffered by the person driving the car or boat as they feel more in control of the movement. However, it is unwise for passengers who suffer from travel sickness to eat heartily before setting out. The are various drugs available over the counter to counteract the symptoms but people may have to try out several before finding a suitable one. Such drugs usually contain atropine and antihistamines. The tablets should be taken at least one hour before the start of the journey. If taken while traveling there is a risk of vomiting them up. For long journeys a doctor may prescribe a stronger drug. Avoid alcoholic drinks when traveling as motion sickness drugs can have a sedative effect. Other side effects of such drugs include blurred vision.
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