Motion Sickness (vehicle related)
Motion sickness has complex symptoms that can be induced by any type of transportation.
The primary cause is excessive stimulation of the inner ear by motion;
and the trigger is conflicting inner ear and visional inputs: The motion is felt, but not seen. It can strike anyone, but more commonly affects children 2 to 12 years old, pregnant women, and people who suffer from migraines.
Symptoms of motion sickness
nausea ・vomiting ・pallor ・dizziness headache・fatigue etc.
Medical treatments OTC and prescription medications are available.
In Japan, there are two types prescription medication for motion sickness:
Dimenhydrinate (Doramamine), and Diphenhydramine (Travelmine).
(Scopramine is effective for prevention, and is available as a transdermal patch in some countries. In Japan, however, scopolamine is only available as OTC medication in tablet form.
To prevent symptoms, take medicine at least 30 to 60 minutes before you travel.
Some side effects may occur. Please consult to a doctor or pharmacologist before using the medication.
Natural remedies such as ginger capsules or herbal oil can be helpful as well.
Beneficial Travel Tips
・By ship, request a cabin in the front or middle of the ship near the water level.
・By plane, ask for a seat over the front edge of a wing.
・By train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward.
・By automobile, drive or sit in the front passenger’s seat.
・Make sure children are sitting high enough to see the horizon outside the window.
・Stop frequently and take a rest before the symptoms become worse.
・Focus on the horizon or on a distant, stationary object.
・Don’t smoke or sit near smokers.
・Avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol. Don’t overeat.
・Take a nap if you can. Closing your eyes can be helpful.
・Keep air circulating.
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