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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: McKinney, TX
Motion Sickness Symptoms, Prevention & Remedies
Motion Sickness / Sea Sickness Symptoms, Prevention, and Remedies
***Please share your experiences with fellow DISers***
Dramamine *Dimenhydrinate 50mg [Pills] Side effects may include dry mouth, drowsiness, blurred vision.
Bonine *Meclizine HCl 25mg [Pills] Side effects may include drowsiness and dry mouth.
MotionEaze *A Blend of 100% Natural Oils (Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Chamomile, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang and Birch) [Apply behind your ear]
Zentrip *Meclizine Hydrochloride 25mg [Thin Strips]
Boiron Cocculus indicus *Cocculus indicus 3X to 30X - 3C to 30C HPUS [Pills]
Emetrol for Nausea *Each 5ml teaspoonful contains: Dextrose (1.87 g), Levulose (Fructose) (1.87 g), Phosphoric Acid (21.5 mg) [Syrup]
Flents Cola Syrup
Scopolamine (Transderm Scop)[Patches] It must be taken before symptoms start. It comes in patch form to put behind your ear 6 - 8 hours before travel. The effects last up to 3 days. Side effects may include dry mouth, drowsiness, blurred vision, and disorientation.
Promethazine (Phenergan) [Pills] Take 2 hours before travel. The effects last 6 - 8 hours. It is not recommended for children younger than 2. Side effects may include drowsiness and dry mouth.
Cyclizine (Marezine) [Pills] Most effective when taken at least 30 minutes before travel. It is not recommended for children younger than 12. Side effects may include dry mouth, drowsiness, blurred vision, and disorientation.
Acupuncture - Acupuncture is said to relieve some of the symptoms associated with motion sickness. You can have acupuncture done before you plan on traveling.
Wrist Bands (The Motion Sickness Bracelet) - Also known as an acupressure bracelet or sea-band
PsiBands [Over-the-Counter Wristbands]
BioBands [Over-the Counter Wristbands]
SeaBand [Over-the Counter Wristbands]
Electric wrist bands - Such as the adjustable Relief Band, are similar but are said to work by providing a small electrical stimulation to the wrist.
Food and Drink
" Ginger - Sripramote & Lekhyananda also found that ginger significantly reduced nausea and vomiting.
" Ginger Crackers, Ginger Candy, Altoids Ginger Mints, Ginger Pills
" Ginger Ale, Ginger Tea
" Coke or Pepsi
" Plain Crackers
" Green Apple
" Peppermint - This tasty herb is one of the oldest sea sickness remedies in existence, and has been used for centuries to treat all types of stomach upsets. It prevents vomiting and calms stomach spasms.
" Peppermint Tea, Peppermint Softgels, Peppermint Candy
" Fennel - The seeds of the fennel plant have been used in traditional herbalism for centuries to aid digestion and calm stomach spasms. These properties make it an ideal remedy for sea sickness. Chewing 10-20 fresh fennel seeds, or taking up to three 400-500 milligram capsules per day is the recommended dosage for treating sea sickness.
" Fennel Seed Capsules, Fennel Tea, Sugar Coated Fennel Seeds
" Dry Mouth
" Cold sweats or sweating
" Pale Skin - Pallor (loss of color)
" Increased Salivation
" Malaise (general feeling of discomfort)
" Heavy and Greasy Foods
" Strong Spices
" Travel on an Empty Stomach
" Go Below Deck for Extended Time Periods
" Get plenty of rest before you go out on the water.
" Eat before sailing. An empty stomach can be almost as bad as one with the wrong types of food in it. Don't overeat and get bloated either. Easy does it.
" Avoid greasy or acidic foods for several hours before your sailing adventure. Consider less acidic fruits (apples, bananas, pears, grapes, melons, etc.), breads (muffins, croissants, rolls), cereals and grains as alternatives. Milk, water, apple juice, cranberry juice and other low acid beverages are gentler alternatives to orange juice or grapefruit juice.
" Drink plenty of water during the day, as dehydration can make the symptoms of motion sickness worse.
" Carry mint or ginger flavored lozenges with you.
" Chew on dry crackers.
" Seasickness often begins with general feelings of drowsiness-the first sign may be yawning.
" Vomiting may occur suddenly, and no one wants it in the boat - If you do feel sick, take a position near the rail on the leeward (downwind) side of the boat.
" Select a cabin near the mid-point and on a lower deck of the ship if you are prone to motion sickness. The motion of the ship is less noticeable in this area.
" Climb to the top deck on the ship and look out at the horizon if you start to feel ill. Keep your eye trained on the horizon or on a fixed spot ahead of you.
" Keep your head as still as possible.
" Drink plenty of water. Take lots of water with you and drink often.
" Avoid Sun Overexposure.
" Use a cotton swab to keep your ear canals clean and unobstructed. This will help by allowing the ear membranes to adjust more quickly to ongoing disturbances.
" Do not sit facing backwards from your direction of travel.
" Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness.
" Staying busy and keeping your mind occupied are the best ways to avoid seasickness.
" Walk around and grow Sea Legs.
" Talk with your doctor before giving your children any new medications.
" Make sure your kids get enough quality sleep before leaving.
" Feed him light, healthy foods prior to leaving; rich foods stay in the stomach longer and may contribute to nausea.
" Bring toys to occupy your child, but avoid letting him read, color, or play video games. These activities can cause the conflicting signals that trigger motion sickness.
" Pack bottled water along with pretzels or saltine crackers as these items tend to relieve mild motion sickness symptoms.
" Place a cool cloth on the child's forehead and encourage him to close his eyes and lay his head back.
" Make sure to listen, if your child says he's feeling sick or dizzy. Also, pay attention if your child loses his/her appetite or appears pale or sweaty.
From CDC Website:
For children aged 2 1/2 years, dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), 11.5 mg/kg per dose, or diphenhydramine, 0.51 mg/kg per dose up to 25 mg, can be given 1 hour before travel and every 6 hours during the trip. Because some children have paradoxical agitation with these medicines, a test dose should be given at home before departure.
The Anatomy of Balance
Dizziness, vertigo, and motion sickness all relate to the sense of balance and equilibrium. Researchers in space and aeronautical medicine call this sense spatial orientation, because it tells the brain where the body is "in space:" what direction it is pointing, what direction it is moving, and if it is turning or standing still.
Your sense of balance is maintained by a complex interaction of the following parts of the nervous system:
" The inner ears, which monitor the directions of motion, such as turning, or forward-backward, side-to-side, and up-and-down motions.
" The eyes, which monitor where the body is in space (i.e. upside down, right side up, etc.) and also directions of motion.
" The skin pressure receptors such as in the joints and spine, which tell what part of the body is down and touching the ground.
" The muscle and joint sensory receptors, which tell what parts of the body are moving.
" The central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which processes all the bits of information from the four other systems to make some coordinated sense out of it all.
The symptoms of motion sickness and dizziness appear when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the other four systems.
Prevention is the Key.
I had my share of motion sickness experiences.
Not fun, my friends. Not fun.
Last edited by goeva; 02-01-2013 at 07:06 PM.
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