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Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness Causes

Motion sickness occurs when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. This reaction is generally provoked by a moving vehicle like car, boat, airplane, or space shuttle, but it may also happen on flight simulators or amusement park rides.

Motion Sickness Definition

Motion sickness (also known as car sickness, sea sickness, air sickness) occurs when two "motion messages" to the brain conflict. One "motion message" comes from the inner ear that controls balance and another "motion message" is from the eyes. During this changes in position caused by travel, these two "motion messages" conflict thereby causing motion sickness.

Motion Sickness Diagnosis

Most people who have experienced motion sickness in the past ask their health care provider how to prevent another episode from occurring in the future. Not usual that an individual arrive at his or her health care provider's office actually experiencing motion sickness.

Motion Sickness Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of motion sickness may include: dizziness, nausea and occasionally vomiting, fatigue, pallor (loss of color).

Motion Sickness Treatment

While medications may be an acceptable treatment for travelers who occasionally experience motion sickness, the goal for individuals who experience motion sickness on a regular basis or whose work is affected by their symptoms is to learn to control and eventually prevent these symptoms.

Drugs used for treatment of Motion Sickness


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