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What is Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness is when you suffer from cold sweats, nausea, and vomiting during a car, amusement park, plane, or ship ride. It makes you feel queasy, clammy, and sick to your stomach as your brain tries to make sense of all the movements.

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The condition causes can affect anyone, but pregnant women and children are more susceptible to it. Even though it is not a serious condition, traveling anywhere can be highly uncomfortable for people who suffer from motion sickness, leading to a lot of anxiety and stress.
When it comes to dealing with motion sickness, medications are your best friend and can help prevent nausea, as vomiting is one of the more common symptoms of the condition.

Who might suffer from motion sickness?

Motion sickness is a lot more common than you’d think, affecting an estimated one in three people with women and children around the ages of two to 12 are more prone to the condition. Still, that doesn’t mean people outside this range are any safer; the sickness can likely attack anyone during their travels.
Some factors like family history, genetics, hereditary, birth control, hormonal imbalance, ear disorders, migraines, pregnancy, and menstrual periods can contribute to your condition, making the symptoms worse.

Causes of motion sickness

When you’re traveling via car, plane, or ship, your brain receives signals from motion-sensing parts like your eyes, inner ears, muscles, joints, and other parts of your body. Constant movement paired with your brain’s confusion triggers a reaction in your body, making you feel nauseous and sick.
Your brain isn’t able to comprehend whether you’re stationary or moving, leading to a lot of conflicting information and adverse reactions in your body. But how does traveling in a car induce nausea and vomiting? When you’re sitting still in a car watching trees passing by, hearing loud vehicles moving around you, your brain detects movement.
However, since your muscles and joints are still indicating immobility, your brain senses a disconnect with the messages your body parts are sending. Furthermore, reading, playing video games, or watching movies in a car, plane, or ship can also worsen the situation.
Same with when you’re sitting on a roller coaster or any other amusement park ride, your eyes and ears indicate movement but the rest of your body sits idle, creating a conflict in your brain, leading to a trigger response, hence motion sickness.  

Symptoms of motion sickness

As mentioned earlier, nausea and vomiting are some of the most common symptoms of motion sickness.
However, cold sweats, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, increased irritability, rapid breathing, and concentration can also signify motion sickness. The condition doesn’t look the same for everybody and can attack you suddenly, in a variety of ways.

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Motion Sickness FAQs

1: How will a doctor diagnose motion sickness?

Much like any other ailment, if your condition seems to worsen or obstruct your travel plans, it’s best to seek medical help.
Your doctor will more likely ask you to describe your symptoms and perform a physical examination, checking your eyes and ears before prescribing any treatments or medication. It’s best to inform your doctor when the symptoms arise to help them diagnose your sickness further.

2: How can I manage or treat motion sickness?

When trying to manage and treat your motion sickness, you have a variety of options like antihistamines that are more commonly used to treat allergies, ease motion sickness, and its symptoms. They also make you tired, so if you want to be knocked out during your flight or car ride, they’re the way to go.
You can also try skin patches that help reduce nausea and vomiting. The patch is generally stuck behind your ears a few hours before you travel in order to ease the symptoms. You can wear a patch for three days before swapping it for a new one. This form of medication works best for adults and can give you a dry mouth.

3: Can motion sickness lead to other more severe complications?

Motion sickness is generally harmless for most people and doesn’t lead to any serious problems or complications. However, some people are more prone to excessive vomiting, which can lead to dehydration, weakness, and low blood pressure.
If you find yourself nauseous and unable to control your vomiting during a flight or road trip, be sure to drink lots of water and keep yourself cool and hydrated.

4: Are medications the only way to manage motion sickness?

For most people, medications can work wonders. However, they’re the only way to treat or manage your condition. If you’re looking to ease your symptoms without any heavy medication, you can try breathing in mint, lavender, and ginger scents to calm your brain and body. Avoid upsetting your stomach with sodas, alcohol, and starchy, spicy, heavy foods before you travel.
During your road trip, roll your windows down and get some fresh air in order to relax your mind and enjoy nature and your traveling experience. Try to keep a distant gaze and avoid using your phone in a moving vehicle as it’ll only trigger the symptoms and make you sicker. Furthermore, laying down or reclining your seat back will also help bring some ease and peace of mind.

5: What seats are less likely to induce motion sickness?

People often assume all the seats in a car, boat, or plane are the same unless you want to stay awake and look outside the window the whole time. But when it comes to dealing with motion sickness, your seat can make and break the entire trip.
For most vehicles, window seats are your best friend. But when you’re on a boat or ship, choose a middle cabin or sit in the middle to experience the least amount of movement.

Let TelMDCare Help You with Your Motion Sickness Woes

While there is no permanent cure for motion sickness, medication and medical treatments can certainly help reduce the symptoms and bring ease during your travels.
At TelMDCare, our certified urgent care physicians are just one appointment away. You can book your appointment, get in touch with a professional and relay your symptoms. Our doctors will then assess your condition, carry out an official diagnosis and quickly follow it up with consultation & prescription.
Our services are fast, reliable, and affordable, costing you a measly $39 per consultation. At TelMDCare, we believe quality medical and healthcare should be available for all, which is why our follow-up appointments are free and devoid of any wait-time.
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