Travel Sickness
Travel Health

From: Travel Health Information and Advice


Travel Sickness
Otherwise and more correctly known as 'motion sickness', the effects of travel motion can cause some very unpleasant symptoms, indeed they can become so severe that a traveller may become completely incapacitated (however this is unusual).

Symptoms*

* Note that nausea, dizziness, and sweating can be symptoms of other illnesses, some much more serious than travel sickness. If in doubt of the causes, and in particular if experiencing any shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or pain, consult a medical professional as soon as possible.

Causes
When we move about, and in particular as a result of us needing to stand upright and move about, our brains rely heavily upon several senses.

When the brain receives all of the above information and is confused by it as a new unfamiliar experience or if the sensations do not seem to agree with one another, the central nervous system experiences confusion which can cause the symptoms of travel sickness.

Scenarios
There are many scenarios that can cause travel sickness in travellers, and we all react differently to the different causative stimuli. In addition, the effects may be compounded by travel apprehension (in particular with air travel) and/or feelings of claustrophobia. Anxiety of any kind in fact can increase the feelings of nausea, so it can be helpful to ascertain if the cause is physical and/or mental, when seeking a solution.

Solutions

How To Prevent Travel Sickness
Prevention is indeed better than cure, so other than deciding not to travel by whatever means causes the sickness, here are measures that may help... more about how to Prevent Travel Sickness coming soon.

Travel Sickness Bands
Bands that use acupressure points can help relieve all sorts of nausea including travel induced sickness without the side effects of drug tablets. Some of these side effects may be pleasant for you if you like to be a little 'out of it' while travelling long distances, however we recommend the drug free approach if it works for you!


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