About Travel Sickness

Travel sickness is the dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting that people experience when their sense of balance and equilibrium is disturbed by constant motion. Travel sickness is a common problem which affects nearly 80% of the population at one time of their lives. While it may occur at any age, travel sickness most often afflicts children over the age of two, with most of them outgrowing this susceptibility.

What is Travel Sickness?

Travel sickness results when conflicting messages are sent to the brain. An example of this is being below deck in a moving boat, or reading a book in a moving vehicle. While the inner ears and skin receptors detect the travel, the eyes don’t register it. This conflicting information may cause the usual travel sickness symptoms of dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Travel sickness is more easily prevented than treated, as it is impossible for oral medication to be absorbed in the presence of vomiting.

Treatment of Travel Sickness

There are 4 groups of products used to treat travel sickness:

  • antihistamines such as dimenhydrinate
  • anticholinergics such as hyoscine hydrobromide
  • ginger preparations
  • acupressure bands

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