Tips to avoid motion sickness

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 Tips to avoid motion sickness

Motion sickness can make you fear long trips. Motion sickness is a type of illness found in many people. It is particularly common in children between the ages of 2 and 12, pregnant women, and those who suffer from migraines, balance disorders, or psychosocial factors. Motion sickness is caused when the brain receives contradictory messages. These are called "movement indicators" and are emitted from the eyes and inner ear. The inner ear indicates that you are turning, turning, and moving. Your eyes believe that your body is stationary. The brain is disoriented, and that's what makes us sick.

Trying non-medical remedies for motion sickness

Try an acupressure bracelet.

 Acupressure bracelets are worn around the wrist and apply pressure to a point between the two tendons on the inside of your wrist. This method is based on traditional Chinese medicine and has been proven effective against motion sickness.
  • These bracelets are easily found in pharmacies.
  • Despite anecdotal evidence, there is little scientific evidence that they represent an effective treatment.

Tranquilize the stomach with a light meal.

A child may feel better if he or she has eaten a few salty cookies. It is not recommended to travel on an empty stomach if you suffer from motion sickness. Eat a light meal before you travel. A small, neutral snack is very suitable for the road.

Avoid fats.

 You are more likely to feel nauseous if you eat high-fat foods. It's best to avoid it if you're going on a long car trip. Avoid large, heavy meals before and during the trip.

  • Il est également recommandé d’éviter les aliments épicés.
  • Boire de l’alcool avant de voyager peut également provoquer des nausées

Try ginger. 

Ginger products and supplements can help you avoid the symptoms of motion sickness. There is little scientific evidence that has demonstrated its effectiveness, but ginger has been used for a very long time to treat nausea.

  • You can take ginger tablets, or capsules.
  • You can try drinking ginger beer, or ginger tea.
  • Before taking ginger tablets, check that there are no contraindications with your current medical treatment.

Modify your position and behaviour in the car

Stay still.

 You have several techniques to help you manage motion sickness. Try to stay still in your seat. Press your head back against the seat to prevent it from moving around. You can use a pillow or headrest if you have one. The more you can keep your head still, the better you will feel.

  • If you can sit in the front of the car, do so.
  • Avoid rear-facing seats. 

Fix your gaze. 

To fight motion sickness, it's a good idea to stare at a stable object. Try looking out the window and staring at the horizon, or just close your eyes for a moment. Don't read or play games either, as this may make the symptoms worse.

Open a window. 

With proper ventilation in the car, this may help relieve the symptoms of motion sickness. By keeping a window open, you will also ensure that strong odors are ventilated.

  • Fresh air will also keep you from getting too hot in the car.
  • The air on your face can be very refreshing.

Taking medication for motion sickness

Consider going to see your doctor.

 If you are suffering from acute motion sickness, there are medications available that your doctor can prescribe. Go see your doctor and explain your symptoms. If you travel often, your doctor can encourage you to learn how to control your discomfort without medication.

  • There are many over-the-counter medications available, you can talk to your pharmacist before going to see your doctor.

Try anti-motion sickness tablets.

 There are many medications available for motion sickness. They have significant side effects, and you should not take them if you are going to drive. Most of them are available over the counter. Your doctor or pharmacist may suggest the following medications.
  • Promethazine (Phenergan) comes in tablets that must be taken two hours before traveling, and its effects last 6 to 8 hours.
  • Cyclizine (Marezine) is not recommended for children under 6 years of age. It should be taken at least 30 minutes before traveling.
  • Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) should be taken every 4 to 8 hours.
  • Meclizine (Bonine) is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, and should be taken one hour before traveling 

Try Scopolamine (Hyoscine) patches. 

These patches are commonly used to fight motion sickness. They are available over-the-counter in pharmacies, and are most effective for long trips, such as sea travel. You can apply a patch behind the ear and it will work for up to 72 hours before you need to replace it.
  • The most common side effects are drowsiness, blurred vision and dizziness.
  • You should be careful before using these patches with children, the elderly, and people with epilepsy, heart, liver, or kidney problems.

Try antihistamines. 

In some cases, taking antihistamines can help control nausea and vomiting. They are less effective than more specialized medications but have fewer side effects. Antihistamines should be taken an hour or two before travel.
18] Antihistamines can cause drowsiness, but if you are a passenger on a long trip, being drowsy may be an advantage.
Antihistamines without drowsiness do not appear to be effective.

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