Suffering From Motion Sickness? These Tips Will Help Relieve the Symptoms

Have you ever felt an upset stomach or aching ears, especially during an airplane ride? Do you also feel nauseated during this time? Well, these are the noticeable symptoms of motion sickness that happens mainly due to auditory disturbances. Anyone can develop this condition at any age. But, children (aging 4 to 12 years) and pregnant women are more susceptible to this disease. Some people who are prone to migraines can also get motion sickness, especially from the turbulence in an airplane or car. But, before we discuss further about the tips on controlling this complication, here’s a look into its symptoms.

Symptoms of motion sickness are:

  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

These symptoms mostly arise in the inner auditory lobe (labyrinth) following the changes in a person’s sense of balance and equilibrium.

Tips to Deal with Motion Sickness

While motion sickness is not a serious disease, you can follow these tips to lessen the severity of this complication while traveling.

  • You must avoid excessive alcohol and foods or any kind of liquids that may make you unusually full. Spicy and fat-rich foods triggers the symptoms of motion sickness in some people
  • Avoid inhaling strong and spicy food smells to prevent nausea
  • Choose a seat where the motion is least felt, for example the front seat of a car and the middle of an airplane just over the wings. If you are traveling on a ship, choose to stay in the lower level cabins, which are in the middle of the ship. This part of the ship is more calm and tranquil than the higher and the outer cabins
  • Choose a seat that faces in the same direction of your travel. A backward facing seat can make you feel bloated and nauseated. Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness
  • Keep your eyes fixed on the horizon while traveling. A rapid motion, otherwise will make you feel sick
  • Always keep the windows of car wide open while travelling. Fresh air often eases your symptoms. Avoid traveling in a closed AC cars
  • Doctors say, motion sickness is also a psychological effect to a great extent. So, while traveling isolate yourself from those who are suffering from motion sickness. In fact, a little discussion about motion sickness or watching others becoming ill can make you fell nauseated
  • Keep some OTC drugs at your access while traveling. Also make a list of preventive measures that you must take while going for short trips. If you are planning for longer trips, seek help from your doctor. During this time, only consume the doctor prescribed medicine. Antihistamine drugs like Avomine tablets or patch containing Scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) is the most common medication for motion sickness. But, this medication triggers side effects like drowsiness. So, discuss with your doctor before you take it.

It’s important to prevent motion sickness at the very beginning, because once the symptoms start, it will be too difficult to stop. So while travelling, act fast before it’s too late.