If you are an avid traveler or a first time-er, there are many common illnesses you may be afflicted with. Here, we’ll discuss the most common illness, Motion Sickness, plus tips on overcoming it.
Motion sickness is one of the common unpleasant parts of travel. This is caused by an imbalance between what the brain feels through the balance sensors in the body and what it sees through the optic nerve.
These following over the counter medications can help prevent motion sickness.
- Meclizine (Bonine)
- Dimenhydrinate ( Dramamine)
- Diphenhydramine ( Benadryl)
These drugs need to be taken 30 to 60 mins before travel.
Common side effects include: Anticholinergic effects ( sedation, dry mouth, urinary retention, & confusion among elderly.)
Avoid these if you experience from BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) or narrow-angel glaucoma.
Prescription strength medications:
These following prescription medications help prevent and treat motion sickness.
- Transderm Scop (scopolamine skin patch) – this is a patch that you place behind your ear 4 to 6 hours before travel is started. It is placed behind your ear and lasts for 72 hrs. Alcohol use while using the patch can be very dangerous. It’s also very important to wash your hands after applying the patch to avoid getting in the eye and dilating the pupils.
- Promethazine – is a tablet that’s taken orally 30 to 60 mins prior to travel. Also helps prevent and treat motion sickness.
Common side effects include: (similar to the over the counter medications) Anticholinergic effects – sedation, dry mouth, urinary retention
Some examples of non-medical treatment can include behavior modiﬁcation, acupressure points and ginger.
Behavior modiﬁcation is sometimes enough for some to manage motion sickness. Reading or focusing on objects in the distance rather than inside a vehicle maybe helpful. Focusing on a building while in the car or the horizon while on the sea may help correct the imbalance that’s causing the sickness. Avoiding small sips of cold liquids or high fat meals may help. Reducing the head movement by sitting in front of the car or bus, sitting over the wing of a plane maybe helpful.
Sea-Bands – applying constant pressure on the inside of the wrist that may help prevent motion sickness. 3)
Ginger – use is controversial but has worked for some to manage the sickness. 500 mg to 1000 mg should be taken about 4 hrs prior to travel.