Symptoms of motion sickness can range from moderate nausea to dizziness, sweating, and vomiting. Any mode of transportation — car, airline, train, or ship — can trigger it, and it can happen quickly. Is there a cure or treatment for car sickness?

There are several things you can do right now to help, such as looking out to the horizon. You can also attempt some long-term remedies, such as taking certain vitamins.

Before starting any new drugs or supplements, see your doctor. Some of them may interact with any existing medical issues or medications you’re taking.

For immediate relief

# 1 Put down the screen

People who suffer from motion sickness may find it difficult to read books or text on various devices. This relates to the sensory gap between the inner ear and the eyes. If you concentrate on something close up, it may aggravate your symptoms. To pass the time, try listening to audiobooks, listening to music, or even taking a nap.

# 2 Changing positions

Some folks find that lying down helps them feel better when they’re motion ill. Others may find that standing is a preferable position. Your selections will vary depending on the type of trip you’re taking, so try a few different things to find what works best for you. Leaning your head against your headrest in the car may aid by reducing head movements.

# 3 Facing the direction you’re going

If you can’t drive, turn around and face the direction you’re going. It may help to bridge the gap between your visual sense and your inner ear once more. Try traveling from the stern (back) to the bow (front) of the boat on a ferry. Some people claim that sitting in the front seat helps them feel better. Consider swapping back seats with someone in the front seat in a car.

# 4 Keeping your eyes on the horizon

Another strategy for dealing with visual stimuli is to concentrate on a steady object in the distance. You may need to reposition yourself in the car you’re traveling in once more.

 

Natural Remedies (For fast relief)

# 1 Licorice root lozenges

Licorice root is used to treat stomach ulcers, stomach acid irritation, and digestive problems. It may also aid in the prevention of nausea and vomiting. Lozenges are available for purchase online at places like Amazon.com. The size of the serving will vary depending on the brand. Although this alternative tastes delicious, keep in mind that it is still a herbal supplement.

# 2 Pressure points

The nei-kuan (P6) acupressure point on your wrist may provide immediate relief. Starting under the crease, place the index, middle, and ring fingers of your right hand on the inside of your left wrist. Your nei-kuan point sits between the wrist tendons, underneath your index finger. For four to five seconds, apply hard pressure to one or both wrists.

 

Medications

# 1 Promethazine

Promethazine is an antihistamine that is prescribed to relieve motion sickness. It aids in the reduction of brain signals that induce you to vomit. Adults under the age of 65 should take 25 milligrams twice a day, with the first dose taken 30 minutes to one hour prior to travel. Children from 2 to 17 years old should take 12.5 to 25 milligrams twice day.

# 2 Antihistamines

Take OTC medications containing dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), or meclizine (Antivert) 30 to 60 minutes before your flight and up to every six hours during your flight.

For children over the age of two, dimenhydrinate and diphenhydramine are generally safe, but see a doctor about dose. While taking antihistamines, you may experience drowsiness. If you’re concerned about this, meclizine has a lower sedative impact than the other alternatives.

 

When to see the doctor

When the motion stops, your symptoms should go away. Motion sickness does not cause long-term problems. After a few days on a longer journey, such as a cruise, you may become accustomed to motion.

Make an appointment with a doctor if your profession necessitates regular travel or if the possibility of getting sick makes you nervous before trips. Motion sickness can be treated with prescription drugs or long-term treatments like biofeedback therapy.

 

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