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Motion Sickness: Curb the Symptoms 
 
by Mary M. Alward August 11, 2005

Do you experience motion sickness when you travel by airplane, car or ship? If so, there are many things you can do to help curb the symptoms and make your trip more enjoyable.

Motion sickness is a common malady for many, even seasoned sailors. The bobbing, dipping and churning of waves or the movement of a car is not a pleasant experience for thousands of people around the world. On the water it’s known as seasickness, on land as car sickness or motion sickness and in the air, air sickness. Basically it’s all the same. Sufferers cannot seem to be able to overcome the sensitivity of motion.

Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives information that is incorrect about the environment that the sufferer is in. In order for the body to stay in balance, the sensory system of the human body collects information about surroundings, and then sends it on to the ears. They organize the information and send it on to the brain. When the balance systems notices a discrepancy between the readings of the inner ear and the readings of the eye, motion sickness occurs. Not everyone is affected by it, but those who are feel distinctly uncomfortable. Nausea, headache and vomiting can occur.

Symptoms

Symptoms of motion sickness can include dizziness, nausea and vertigo. None of these are pleasant sensations and they cause the traveler to be uncomfortable, irritable and moody. Paleness and cold sweats can also accompany other symptoms of motion sickness.

Dizziness

Dizziness is the sensation of feeling unsteady on your feet and lightheaded.

Vertigo

Though some people class vertigo as dizziness, it is totally different. Vertigo is the sense of turning or spinning in circles.

What is Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness is when you experience nausea or vomiting while using a mode of transportation that moves, such as a car, bus, airplane, ship or even an amusement park ride.

Psychological?

Yes, motion sickness is partially psychological. If you think you will get sick to your stomach, you will. Try to think positive thoughts and keep your mind off the motion.

Ignore Others

Though it sounds a bit cold hearted, ignore others who are suffering from motion sickness. It seems that once someone gets sick that then others get sick. From there, a definite domino effect occurs. So, for your own well being, ignore those suffering from any type of motion sickness unless they are a child who is in your care.

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