Motion Sickness Prevention and Treatment

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Motion sickness is a common condition that occurs in some people who travel by car, train, airplane or boat. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some ways we can prevent motion sickness and treat it when it occurs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Motion sickness is a group of unpleasant symptoms that can happen when someone is in a moving vehicle or on a boat or airplane.

The first symptom of motion sickness is usually a feeling of fullness in the stomach. These symptoms can progress to headache, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and vomiting.

In order to prevent motion sickness, you should choose the most stable portion of the vehicle and face forward. In a car or bus, this is usually in the front seat. On a boat, try to stand, sit or lie down at the midpoint of the boat. In an airplane, try to sit over the wing. Dont read or look at a computer screen or mobile device.

Scopolamine is the most commonly recommended medicine for people who want to stay awake while they travel. Antihistamines like Dramamine also work, but may cause drowsiness. These medicines should be taken several hours before you travel. If you forget, take them as soon as you start to have symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.