MOTION SICKNESS-WHAT REALLY WORKS
- November 05, 2021
If you’ve ever been sick to your stomach on a rocking boat or a bumpy roller-coaster ride, you know the discomfort of motion sickness. Though it only lasts for a while but it can ruin your trip, especially if you are an itinerant. Generally, adults experience it more often than children and its rare in children within 2-5 years of age.
Motion sickness is sometimes called airsickness, seasickness or carsickness and symptoms usually go away after the motion stops.
SIGNS AND INDICATORS
WHAT CAUSES MOTION SICKNESS
Your inner ear, eyes and sensory nerves communicate exquisitely with your brains through a delicate cascade to determine your balance. Sometimes impulses from your environment received by one organ is not received by others. For instance, in a cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of waves, but your eyes don’t see any movement.
This conflict between the senses cause motion sickness. However, the brain interpret these conflict between organs to mean that cells are being affected by poisons that cause hallucination. In an attempt to resolve the problem, anti-peristalsis, a mechanism which eventually makes the individual vomit in severe cases is induced .
This experience is not limited to amusement park rides, cars, airplanes and boats but also with video games, flight simulators or looking through a microscope. In these cases, your eyes see motion but your body doesn’t sense it.
THE WAY OUT
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Symptoms of motion sicknesses are difficult to stop once they have begun and therefore is better prevented using the tips below:
- To avoid motion sickness in a car, sit beside the driver possibly or in the front seat and avoid watching TV or videos.
- In an airplane, eat in piecemeal so as to enhance digestion and choose meal that are easy to digest before and during a long flight
- Also ask for a seat near the wings.
- On a boat or ship, book a cabin near the middle of a ship and near the waterline. Sit in the middle of a boat and maintain view of a fixed point on the horizon.
- Taking cindered ginger capsules and wearing acupressure wristbands are part of the other methods that people apply to prevent motion sickness, but there isn’t enough evidence supporting these claims but you are at liberty to try them.
Antiemetics are drugs that which reduce nausea and stop vomiting. They include Ondansetron (Zofran) and prochlorperazine (Compazine).
Antihistamines: which include dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) and Meclizine.
Scopolamines: which come as a patch attached behind your ears. A sip on clear fizzy drinks such as ginger ale with a few dry soda cracker may help you recover faster after toll of the sickness.