Mind and Body

Tips for dealing with motion sickness

The key to avoiding motion sickness is preparation. Dr. Manny offers some useful tips for making travel a lot more comfortable

 

For those who suffer from motion sickness, booking a trip or taking a boat ride can prove stressful and anxiety-inducing. The condition can cause patients to suffer from vomiting, dizziness or cold sweats just from being inside a moving car.

Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear detects movement but the eyes, which are typically focused on stationary objects, do not. This sends mixed signals to the brain, making patients suffer.

Prevention is key for these individuals, so here are some tips:

A natural approach to treating this illness would be through the use of ginger supplements. Ingesting the root an hour before your trip can help aid digestion, stopping nausea.

Patients can also seek the help of acupressure through a Sea Band, a small bracelet that applies pressure to the inside of the wrist. Multiple studies have shown this approach to be effective.

Another option is a prescription patch that emits a medication, scopolamine, behind the ear. Patients can begin using it a few hours before travel and expect up to 72 hours of relief.

Antihistamines like Dramamine and Benadryl have also been known to stop motion sickness, but both can cause drowsiness.

When traveling, sit near a window and focus on the horizon instead of trying to read a book. Keeping dry crackers and a carbonated drink on hand can also help soothe the stomach.

As always, patients should consult their doctor before trying any new drugs or treatment.