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What if my motion sickness doesn't go away on its own?

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There are some simple things you can do if your motion sickness isn't going away on its own:

If you can, get a seat over the wing if you're flying, an upper-deck cabin if you're sailing, or a front-seat spot if you're in a car.

  • Relax. Find something to focus on, whether it's taking deep breaths or counting backwards from 100. Closing your eyes can help, too.
  • Look at a stable object. If you're on a boat, look at the horizon. If you're in a car, look through the windshield.
  • Avoid alcohol. Eat lightly before travel but don't fast.
  • Breathe fresh air -- and don't smoke.
  • Avoid reading.

From: Why Do I Get Motion Sickness? WebMD Medical Reference

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University of Maryland Medical Center: “Motion Sickness.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health: Motion Sickness.”

Virtual Pediatric Hospital: “Motion Sickness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Motion Sickness: First Aid.”

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Cleveland Clinic: “What You Need to Know About Seasickness or Motion Sickness.”

Integrative Medicine: “Self-Care: Acupressure Point P6: Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan.”

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 27, 2016

SOURCES:

National Center for Biotechnology Information: , “What the ancient Greeks and Romans knew (and did not know) about seasickness.”  Neurology

NASA.gov: “Mixed Up in Space.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System.”

National Health Service (NHS.uk): “Motion Sickness.”

Neuroscience Online : “Vestibular System: Structure and Function.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Motion Sickness.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health: Motion Sickness.”

Virtual Pediatric Hospital: “Motion Sickness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Motion Sickness: First Aid.”

Better Health Channel of Victoria State Government: “Motion Sickness.”

American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology: “Effects of ginger on motion sickness and gastric slow-wave dysrhythmias induced by circular vection.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What You Need to Know About Seasickness or Motion Sickness.”

Integrative Medicine: “Self-Care: Acupressure Point P6: Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan.”

MedlinePlus.gov: “Scopolamine Transdermal Patch,” “Dimenhydrinate.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and Motion Sickness.”

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 27, 2016

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