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Understanding motion sickness

Timo Uustal

What is motion sickness? Motion sickness is a  condition that causes nausea, dizziness, and other problems. It happens  to people when they are on a boat, in a car, on a carnival ride, or in  some other situation in which something is moving them.

What are the symptoms of motion sickness? The symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Belching
  • Making more saliva than usual
  • Warmth
  • Sweating

Is there anything I can do on my own to feel better? —  Yes. You might feel better if you keep your eyes on the outside world  while you are in motion. For example, if you are in a car, sit in the  front and look in the direction you are moving; if you are on a boat,  stay on the deck and look to the horizon. This helps make what you see  match the movement you are feeling, and so you are less likely to feel  sick.

Focus on the horizon

You should also avoid reading, watching a movie, or looking at things  close to you inside the vehicle you are riding. Sometimes, lying on  your back can ease motion sickness.

How is motion sickness treated? — There are a number of medicines that can help prevent and treat  motion sickness. In general, these medicines work best if you take them  before symptoms start. Many have the draw-back of making you feel  sleepy.

Can motion sickness be prevented? — Yes.  The same medicines used to treat motion sickness can also prevent it.  You can buy some of these medicines without a prescription.

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