Travel and Sea Sickness
Travelling can be an exciting and fun experience, but you won't enjoy it to the fullest if the motion of planes, trains, cars or boats makes you feel ill. Travel and sea sickness is quite a common condition in both children and adults. On this page, we offer a variety of treatment and remedy options that will help keep your travel sickness symptoms at bay, and let you enjoy your travel again. What is travel sickness? | Who is susceptible? | Common triggers | Symptoms | Medication options | Natural remedies | Prevention tipsPrices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).
Page updated 22/09/17 8:41:12 a.m.
These are the various parts of the sensory system responsible for monitoring motion and balance in our body:
Inner ears - monitor the direction of motion
Eyes - monitor where the body is and in what direction or motion it is going
Skin pressure sensors - monitors what parts of the body are touching something
Muscle and joint sensors - monitor what parts of the body are moving
- Certain foods and beverages. For example, fatty and spicy foods and fizzy or alcoholic beverages
- Fumes and petrol
- Reading a book or a map while travelling
- Playing computer games
- Feeling unwell and tired
- Looking very pale
- Excessive production of saliva
Here are some of the common types of medication used to treat travel sickness:
Antihistamines - examples are: chlorpheniramine, cyclizine, cyclizine HCl, dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, meclizine
Anticholinergics - Scopolamine is the most widely used and proven to be effective at preventing motion sickness. It is usually administered in a patch form.
Antidopaminergics - promethazine (Phenergan, Pentazine) and metoclopramide (Reglan) are examples in this category
Other Medications - Ephedrine and some amphetamines are used to help counter the sedating effects of other medical treatments. Benzodiazepines have also been useful for some people with motion sickness. Antiemetic (anti-nausea) medications have been used to control nausea and vomiting after motion sickness has developed.
Ginger - even for those who are not particularly fond of its taste, there are a lot of forms that you can take. Because it is widely known to be effective, even instantly, there are a lot of preparations that can suit your taste: cookies, candies, tea, juice or even pills.
Peppermint - just like ginger, peppermint can also help calm the stomach and ease motion sickness symptoms.
Other herbs - fenugreek, fennel, black horehound, marjoram, rosemary, basil, cloves, licorice, nutmeg and chamomile tea
Acupressure - there are sea sickness bands that work by pressing on an acupressure point to help provide relief for travel or motion sickness.
Here is a list of simple tips to follow:Avoid food and drinks that usually cause you to feel sick before travelling. These usually include alcoholic beverages, soda, spicy, fatty, and rich creamy food.
Avoid strong odours and scents.
Choose a spot or seat that will not cause you to feel sick. The middle of a plane over the wing is considered to be the calmest area. Whilst on a ship, the lower level cabins near the center usually have less motion.
Always face the direction of the travel.
Gaze your eyes directly to the front of the vehicle and avoid looking to the sides.
Sit in the front seat of the car.
Do not read or use your phone or any gadget while travelling.
Open a vent or source of fresh air.
Do not go near people who are already having episodes of motion sickness. Being around people who talk about motion sickness will affect your disposition and can trigger an attack. Page updated 22/09/17 8:41:12 a.m.