Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness occurs when the body is subjected to accelerations of movement in different directions or under conditions where visual contact with the actual outside horizon is lost. Motion sickness is common and normal. Nearly anyone can be made motion sick by an appropriate stimulus. The balance center of the inner ear sends information to the brain that conflicts with the visual clues of apparently standing still in the interior cabin of a ship or airplane.

Symptoms of Motion sickness:

The first sign is usually pallor.



a cold sweat forming on the upper lip or forehead.

As symptoms build:

upset stomach



The final stages are characterized by:



It has been found in many researches that fear or anxiety can lower the threshold for experiencing symptoms, however some individuals seem to be naturally prone to motion sickness since childhood. Several medications are now that may prevent or limit the symptoms of motion sickness.

If medications are necessary, they are best taken at least one hour before embarking. For longer trips, a prescription medication called Transderm-Scop comes in the form of a patch can be worn behind the ear for up to three days at a time.

What Causes Motion Sickness?

The brain combines visual information, touch information, inner ear information, and internal expectations. If one gets infected with a form of act it causes motion sickness.

Who gets Motion sickness?

People, who have inner ear disturbances, may be intolerant to activity in general.

People with migraine

People with rare, central nervous system disorders of the part of the brain that processes signals from the inner ear

Treatment of Motion sickness:

There are essentially three strategies to treatment of motion sickness:

Behavioral (avoidance, mental activities)

Medication (conventional, alternative)

Stimulation (alternative)

Current Solutions are...