Motion Sickness Treatment | How To Stop Motion Sickness
Motion sickness or travel sickness is feeling sick when you travel by car, boat, plane or train. This weeks video is about the symptoms, causes, remedies and medicines (pills, tablets) to treat motion sickness.
Motion sickness (travel sickness) is common, especially in children. It is caused by repeated unusual movements during travelling, which send strong (sometimes confusing) signals to the balance and position sensors in the brain.
I’ve always suffered from motion sickness since a young age and like most people I really don’t like it. Thankfully I now know what to do and I’m going to share that knowledge with you in this weeks video.
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SYMPTOMS OF MOTION SICKNESS:
• Feeling sick (nausea)
• Increase in saliva
• Feeling cold and going pale
• Feeling weak
HOW TO PREVENT MOTION SICKNESS:
Prepare for your journey
• Don’t eat a heavy meal before travelling.
• On long journeys, try breaking the journey to have some fresh air, drink some cold water and, if possible, take a short walk.
Where you sit
• Keep motion to a minimum. For example, sit in the front of a car, over the wing of a plane, or on deck in the middle of a boat.
• On a boat, stay on deck and avoid the cafeteria or sitting where your can smell the engines.
Breathing and smell
• Breathe fresh air if possible. For example, open a car window.
• Avoid strong smells, particularly petrol and diesel fumes. This may mean closing the window and turning on the air conditioning, or avoiding the engine area in a boat.
Using your eyes and ears differently
• Close your eyes (and keep them closed for the whole journey). This reduces ‘positional’ signals from your eyes to your brain and reduces the confusion.
• Try listening to an audio book with your eyes closed. There is some evidence that distracting your brain with audio signals can reduce your sensitivity to the motion signals.
• Try to sleep – this works mainly because your eyes are closed, but it is possible that your brain is able to ignore some motion signals when you are asleep.
• Do not read or watch a film.
• It is advisable not to watch moving objects such as waves or other cars. Instead, look ahead, a little above the horizon, at a fixed place.
OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES
Always speak to your pharmacist they will be able to recommend the best treatment for you or your child.
Medicines are best taken before the journey. They may still help even if you take them after symptoms have begun, although once you feel sick you won’t absorb medicines from the stomach very well.
Some medicines used for motion sickness may cause drowsiness. Some people are extremely sensitive to this and may find that they are so drowsy that they can’t function properly at all. Always speak to your pharmacist and read the information leaflet.
Hyoscine is usually the most effective over the counter medicine for motion sickness. It works by preventing the confusing nerve messages going to your brain. There are several brands of medicines which contain hyoscine – they come in a tablet, patch and soluble form for children.
Certain antihistamines can also be useful, although they are not quite as effective as hyoscine for motion type sickness. However, they usually cause fewer side-effects for example, cinnarizine.
WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR:
There are a number of anti-sickness medicines which can only be prescribed by your healthcare professional. Let them know what you’ve tired as finding what medicine works best can sometimes be a case of trial and error.
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