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Posted February 28, 2022 by John Weeman, M.D.
Have you ever walked off a boat, stepped off a rollercoaster or gotten out of a car only to feel nauseous, dizzy and otherwise awful? That’s motion sickness. Anyone can experience it — one in three people do in their lifetime, in fact — but it’s most common in children and pregnant women.
Typically, motion sickness occurs with any form of travel, whether by car, bus, train, airplane or boat. Sometimes amusement rides can cause it, too. Though it’s not a serious condition, it can make travel very uncomfortable and stressful.
Symptoms for motion sickness can come on suddenly and may include:
Motion sickness occurs when your senses send mixed messages to your brain. For example, when driving in a car, your eyes see trees passing and register movement, your inner ears sense movement, but your muscles and joints feel your body sitting still. Your brain becomes confused reaction makes you feel sick.
So before you hit the road this summer, follow Summa Health’s tips for preventing and treating motion sickness so you can keep the focus on your journey.
Ways to prevent motion sickness
If you’re especially prone to motion sickness, try these preventative measures:
Ways to treat motion sickness
If you do get motion sickness on your trip, follow these tips for easing discomfort. If you experience persistent vomiting and are showing signs of dehydration, contact your healthcare provider.
The good news is for most people, symptoms don’t usually last long and go away once you get used to the situation or your journey is over. Happy travels!