First-Aid for Motion Sickness

Whether your travel by car, train, ship or plane, you can get struck by motion sickness. Motion sickness can occur suddenly. You start feeling uneasy, and then you become dizzy and nauseous until you throw up. Luckily, motion sickness subsides as soon as the movement stops, and traveling more often can help you become more adjusted to being in motion.

You can also avoid motion sickness by planning ahead. Reserve seats where movement is felt least.

By ship. If you are traveling by ship, reserve a cabin in the front or middle of the ship, or on the upper deck.

By plane. Reserve a seat over the front edge of a wing. Once you are airborne, you can direct the air vent to flow to your face.

By train. Take a seat near the front, next to a window. Sit facing forward.

By car. Drive, or sit in the front passenger’ seat.

If you are prone to motion sickness, you can also do the following:

  • Focus on the horizon or a stationary object.
  • Do not read.
  • Do not smoke, or sit near smokers.
  • Avoid greasy and spicy foods.
  • Do not overeat.
  • Eat dry crackers or drink a carbonated beverage to help calm your stomach if you get sick.

Take over-the-counter antihistamine such as meclizine, or one that has dimenhydrinate 30-60 minutes before you travel. Expect drowsiness. You can also use scopolamine, which is available in a prescription adhesive patch. Apply the patch behind your ear several hours before you travel. It provides 72-hour protection against motion sickness. Talk to your doctor before taking any medication, especially if you have health problems such as asthma, glaucoma or urine retention.

Source: MayoClinic