Motion

Sickness Treatment

Motion sickness, often referred to as travel sickness, is a sensation of dizziness that usually occurs when you're traveling by car, boat, plane, or train. Characterized by nausea, dizziness, and vomiting during movement or travel, the condition is often primarily caused by a sensory conflict between what the eyes perceive and what the inner ear's balance signals convey, leading to discomfort and disorientation. While the condition most commonly affects women and children, everyone can get the condition. 

While most often temporary, motion sickness symptoms are most often inconvenient and make things far more difficult. Essentially a miscommunication between your sensory organs and your brain, the symptoms will often subside as soon as your body knows what’s going on, but until then will include:

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Dizziness

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Wooziness

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Fatigue

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Nausea

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Vomiting

Motion sickness can be triggered by various factors that most often include:

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The sensory conflict between visual input and the inner ear's balance signals.

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Prolonged exposure to motion, such as car rides, boat trips, or air travel.

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Reading or focusing on a nearby object while in motion.

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Inner ear disorders

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Certain medications or medical conditions that affect the inner ear or balance.

In most cases, a motion sickness diagnosis is based on a person's reported symptoms and their exposure to motion-triggering activities. Diagnostic testing is not typically necessary, as the condition is usually self-evident. However, medical evaluation may be considered if symptoms are severe, persistent, or associated with underlying medical conditions.

The main target of motion sickness treatment is to relieve the patient of symptoms at the time they experience motion sickness. More often than not, this may include the practicing of habits during or before travel alongside oral medications. Common steps to manage motion sickness include:

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Avoiding activities that trigger symptoms whenever possible.

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Reducing the size of meals or avoiding them before traveling.

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Practicing relaxation techniques and controlled breathing during motion exposure.

It should be noted that many medical professionals recommend antihistamines for those suffering from motion sickness. However, the antihistamines typically offered will have the side effect of drowsiness. Those taking such medications should avoid operating motor vehicles and machinery. 

Medications are helpful in the prevention of motion sickness when traveling is anticipated. We prescribe the following medications:

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Transdermal scopolamine

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Meclizine

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Dimenhydrinate

Motion sickness home remedies tend to be minor adjustments during and before travel, but can sometimes include a number of preparations that help you stay comfortable. The most common examples we’ve seen include: 

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Choose a window seat

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Get fresh air when possible

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Pack ginger and chamomile for eating or drinking

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Perform deep breathing exercises 

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Put off work during travel

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Tilt your head into turns during travel

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Use audio versions of what you need to read

Ongoing management of motion sickness involves self-care strategies to minimize symptoms and enhance comfort during motion exposure. In addition to that, special attention should be taken to whether the condition is improving over time or if it's constant. While possible for everyone, regular motion sickness after childhood may be an indication of an ear disorder. 

Motion sickness prevention often involves taking precautionary measures before and during activities that may trigger symptoms. To reduce the risk of motion sickness, consider the following:

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Choose a seat or position that minimizes motion exposure (e.g., sitting in the front of a vehicle or on a boat's upper deck).

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Maintain good ventilation in enclosed spaces during travel.

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Avoid heavy or spicy meals before motion-triggering activities.

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Stay well-hydrated and consume light, easily digestible snacks.

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Practice relaxation techniques and controlled breathing to reduce anxiety and tension related to motion.

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