Good to Know Remedies on How to Deal with Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness: What to do - Remedies

I have motion sickness since I was a kid. I get car sick, sea sick, air sick, just to name a few. Gravol used to be my constant travel companion. Now, I take any generic product that says "for motion sickness." I couldn't leave the house without it. However, I do not get motion sickness when I'm driving. That's because my mind is concentrated on driving and I'm looking straight ahead. As a passenger, if I am sitting in the front seat and looking straight ahead, I am less likely to get sick. But this is an impossible task with kids in the back. In any circumstances, please do not ask me to sit in the back seat, unless you are ready to stop at a moment's notice or have a bucket on hand because in just a few minutes, I would get violently sick. I thought I was cursed. Now I know better... I am not the only one.

Survey shows that millions of people suffer from motion sickness.

  • About 33% of people are susceptible to motion sickness even in mild circumstances such as riding in the car or just being on a boat in calm water.
  • Nearly 66% of people are susceptible in more severe conditions.

And humans are not the only ones who suffer motion sickness. Animals are also susceptible to motion sickness.

Motion Sickness by OCAL, source Clker
Motion Sickness by OCAL, source Clker

What is motion sickness?

Motion sickness or kinetosis is a very common disturbance of the inner ear. In the inner ear, motion sickness affects the sense of balance and equilibrium. Motion sickness is also known as "travel sickness," and depending on how we travel, is also referred to as seasickness, airsickness, or car sickness.

What causes motion sickness?

According to Rafael Tarnopolsky, M.D., a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, "Motion sickness results when the brain receives wrong information about the environment."

Motion sickness occurs when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. For example, when the body is moved intentionally, like walking, the input from all three pathways - the body, the inner ear, and the eyes - is coordinated by our brain. When there is unintentional movement of the body, such as when you are seated in the car and the car is moving, the brain becomes disoriented because of conflicting input from the three pathways. This conflict among the inputs is responsible for motion sickness.

What are the signs and symptoms of motion sickness?

The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include nausea, paleness of the skin, cold sweats, vomiting, dizziness, headache, increased salivation, and fatigue.

In a car - Look straight ahead, specially when you're driving - Motion sickness: What to do, photo  by starshleyy, source Photobucket
In a car - Look straight ahead, specially when you're driving - Motion sickness: What to do, photo by starshleyy, source Photobucket
On a boat - Stay on the deck, get some fresh air - Motion sickness: What to do
On a boat - Stay on the deck, get some fresh air - Motion sickness: What to do
In an airplane - Choose a window seat over the wings - Motion sickness: What to do, photo by michelle_isawesome, source Photobucket
In an airplane - Choose a window seat over the wings - Motion sickness: What to do, photo by michelle_isawesome, source Photobucket
Ginger is traditional remedy for nausea and motion sickness - Motion sickness: What to do, photo by ArtemisWulf, source Photobucket
Ginger is traditional remedy for nausea and motion sickness - Motion sickness: What to do, photo by ArtemisWulf, source Photobucket

What to do if you have motion sickness?

If you are susceptible to motion sickness or if you are suffering from it, you can do the following:

  • In a car - Sit in the front seat and keep your eyes on the horizon. Rest your head against the seat back, to keep it still. You can turn the air vents toward your face. Avoid reading and smoking.
  • On a boat - Go up on the deck and watch the motion of the horizon. Fresh air will do you good.
  • In an airplane - Sit by the window and look outside. Choose a seat over the wings where there is less motion. Turn the air vent flow toward your face.

What are the remedies for motion sickness?

  • Medication - You can ask your doctor or pharmacist what motion sickness medication is best for you. There are over-the-counter medication to control your symptoms of motion sickness that you can take at least 30 minutes before travel. But be aware that motion sickness medications may cause drowsiness and impair judgment.
  • Watch what you eat before travel - Avoid big, greasy meals, salty foods or dairy. Drink plenty of water. Also, dry crackers and carbonated drinks such as ginger ale can help prevent nausea.
  • Chewing - Chewing gum or chewing on light snacks, or candies may relieve mild effects of car sickness. Chewing in general seems to reduce adverse effects of the conflict between vision and balance.
  • Breathing technique - Take slow, deep breaths. Slow, deliberate breathing helps reduce anxiety associated with motion sickness.
  • Traditional remedies - Ginger is a traditional remedy for nausea, and some studies show it may help with motion sickness. Peppermint and black horehound are traditional remedies for motion sickness.
  • Alternative remedies - Homeopathy, acupuncture, dietary supplements, dietary changes, and physical exercise.

Always be prepared

If you are prone to motion sickness, or you suffer from motion sickness like me, you are familiar with the symptoms. You and I know that once you feel the symptoms coming on, motion sickness can be very difficult to stop. There is a point of no return - when nausea sets in. So, always be prepared. Keep in mind that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."


You might be interested in these motion sickness remedies


Did you know? by Rosie2010

Did you know you can create your own HubPage?

Did you know you can be part of a great community, make friends and, share your knowledge and experience, and EARN MONEY through Adsense and other Affiliate programs?

Yes, you can! JOIN HUBPAGES NOW - CLICK HERE!


More by this Author


Comments 10 comments

Rosie2010 profile image

Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Mimi, thanks for dropping by. Oh you're lucky your motion sickness went away.. I'm stuck with it. Omg, the water is my worst nightmare. Even just taking the ferry on Lake Ontario to go our Centre Island, I get seasick. Sorry to hear about your brother getting carsick, he must get a lot of ribbing from his friends. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


Rosie2010 profile image

Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya theseus, thanks for dropping by. Oh you'd never know how lucky you are not having motion sickness. It's such a horrible feeling specially when you reach the point of no return. I'm glad you found my motion sickness hub informative. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


Rosie2010 profile image

Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya my dear friend Rhonda, so nice to see you. Omg I hate the motion sickness but I'm stuck with it. I hope your son outgrow it.. my kids are seem to have outgrown it. Thanks so much for the vote up and awesome. You're the sweetest! hugsss

Have a nice day,

Rosie


Mimi721wis profile image

Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Hi Rosie, I got motion sickness the first time I went deep sea fishing and on a cruise. In both cases it only lasted briefly. When out at sea they often say don't stare at the waves. I've never had this problem again. My oldest brother gets car sick when he rides with others. Liked your article


theseus profile image

theseus 5 years ago from philippines

Informative hub, Rosie.

I'm lucky that I don't experience any of the motion sickness that you mentioned above. Just the same,thank you for sharing this. I'll know what to do whenever and if ever I experience any of them. Thank you. God bless.


Rhonda Waits profile image

Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Great hub. My son gets sick when he rides anywhere. I give him Dramamine when we go somewhere, this seems to help. Great job voted up and awesome.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


Rosie2010 profile image

Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Becky, thanks for dropping by. Oh my kids got motion sickness too although very seldom in the car. In a plane and in waters, but I always take children motion sickness meds. They hate the taste of ginger, so I get the children Gravol.. tastes like mild cough syrup. Maybe your grandson might like that better than ginger root. Although ginger ale is good for nausea too, or any carbonated drinks. I hope it helps a little. Poor dear!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


Rosie2010 profile image

Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Will, thanks for dropping by. Omg! I still remember the first time the first I got violently ill in a yacht.. it was embarrassing and I was sick for days. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about motion sickness. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


Becky Puetz profile image

Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

my little grandson experiences motion sickness when riding in the car. I think I'll try the ginger remedy on his next car ride. Thanks for sharing.


WillStarr profile image

WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Great Hub Rosie!

I've only experienced it once, on a ship that was rolling back and forth in heavy seas, but once was enough! Whoa!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working