This summer, many families will take both short and long trips by car, plane and train. For some, the travels will be abruptly altered by complications associated with motion sickness. This summer, when traveling alone or with a group of individuals, such as your family, be sure you are prepared for the potential risk for motion sickness and the ways in which to prevent or cure it.
Motion sickness usually begins with the sufferer experiencing cold sweat and a feeling of uneasiness. These symptoms, in a matter of a few minutes, can turn to full nausea, dizziness and vomiting. What is not commonly known is the extent to which women tend to suffer from motion sickness, more so than men, and seemingly experience motion sickness, in greater numbers, when pregnant or during menstruation.
While on your vacation, it is possible to remedy motion sickness, to some extent, with a few simple positional changes. Looking at a horizon and sitting as still as possible are two ways in which motion sickness can be prevented or diminished. Avoiding activities such as reading, while on a plane, train or in a car, will provide for additional prevention.
If your prior family travel experiences have left you feeling sick from motion, even when these techniques are implemented, asking your healthcare professional for a prescription aide may be necessary to assist in negating the effects motion has upon your body. One such prescription, known as meclizine, works to control vertigo and dizziness, thereby controlling, to some extent, the risk of developing motion sickness while on vacation. Working upon the components of the brain, including the vestibular system, meclizine has proven effective in many cases of motion sickness prevention but also at curing motion sickness when it is already in progress.
Of course, when using prescription meclizine, to control motion sickness, there are health considerations to be made. First, the use of alcohol should be avoided as the combination of meclizine and alcohol can significantly compound the effect of both of these substances. Additionally, if you are using a morphine based pain reliever, the use of meclizine may decrease the effectiveness of the pain reliever and, therefore, should not be used for motion sickness.
When meclizine is not an option as a motion sickness remedy on your vacation, consider purchasing an over-the-counter antihistamine as these also provide for some effectiveness in remedying the symptoms of motion sickness but, unfortunately, may cause marked drowsiness.
In preparation for any extended family travel, it is important to prepare for all first aide requirements including those involving motion sickness. This summer, as you plan your family vacations, consider visiting a healthcare professional to obtain a small prescription of meclizine to keep on hand in the event you, or someone in your family, falls prey to motion sickness.