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Motion Sickness

Also called: Airsickness, Carsickness, Seasickness

Motion sickness is a common problem in people traveling by car, train, airplanes, and especially boats. Anyone can get it, but it is more common in children, pregnant women, and people taking certain medicines. Motion sickness can start suddenly, with a queasy feeling and cold sweats. It can then lead to dizziness and nausea and vomiting.

Your brain senses movement by getting signals from your inner ears, eyes, muscles, and joints. When it gets signals that do not match, you can get motion sickness. For example, if you are reading on your phone while riding a bus, your eyes are focused on something that is not moving, but your inner ear senses motion.

Where you sit can make a difference. The front seat of a car, forward cars of a train, upper deck on a boat or wing seats in a plane may give you a smoother ride. Looking out into the distance - instead of trying to read or look at something in the vehicle - can also help.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms of Motion Sickness

The following features are indicative of Motion Sickness:
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • sopite syndrome
  • tiredness
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • queasy feeling
  • cold sweats

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Common Causes of Motion Sickness

The following are the most common causes of Motion Sickness:
  • discordance between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement

Risk Factors for Motion Sickness

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Motion Sickness:
  • travelling

Prevention of Motion Sickness

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Motion Sickness. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • drive or sit in the front passenger's seat
  • keep face forward while sleeping
  • don't smoke
  • avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol
  • keep head still

Occurrence of Motion Sickness

Common Age Group

Motion Sickness can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Motion Sickness can occur in any gender.

Doctor for Diagnosis of Motion Sickness

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Motion Sickness:
  • Neurologist

Complications of Motion Sickness if untreated

It is not know if Motion Sickness causes complications if left untreated.

Self-care for Motion Sickness

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Motion Sickness:
  • Avoid smoking: Do not smoke
  • Avoid junk food: Avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol
  • Maintain right posture: Keep head still while resting against a seat back

Patient Support for Treatment of Motion Sickness

The following actions may help Motion Sickness patients:
  • Reduce sensory input: Encourage the patient to look at things outside the car- rather than focusing on books, games or movies
  • Carefully plan pre-trip meals: Don't give the patient spicy or greasy foods or a large meal immediately before or during car travel
  • Provide air ventilation: Adequate air ventilation might help prevent car sickness
  • Offer distractions: Try distracting the patient during car trips by talking, listening to music or singing songs

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Motion Sickness.

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