Check out our travel sickness tips – and your holiday will be more beautiful than ever!
Does the thought of a long car or plane ride put you in a bad mood or do you even want to cancel your holiday? Check out our travel sickness tips – and your holiday will be more beautiful than ever!
Nausea, vomiting and fainting – kinetosis or so-called travel sickness can very much start the joy of traveling. By this disease we mean all the symptoms that occur as a reaction of the body to abnormal movement and acceleration. Almost every one of us encounters these health problems at least once in our lives, and in almost 90 percent of cases, the symptoms go away on their own as soon as we are no longer exposed to abnormal movement.
Travel sickness can strike you when you travel by water, land or air. When driving a car, the nerves and receptors in the muscles do not detect movement as we sit still while the eyes tell the brain to move quickly. The balance organ in the inner ear delivers information on curves, accelerations and inclines. This flood of inconsistent information leads in a healthy sense of balance to an overload that the brain perceives as a danger. As a result, the secretion of stress hormone begins, which causes symptoms such as vomiting and dizziness.
What to do?To relieve nausea, an hour before the trip and during the trip, press on the right points on your body a few times. On the inside of the forearm, from the wrist down to the widths of your three fingers, find a point lying between the bones and press hard on it with your thumb. So press for up to three minutes, meanwhile breathing slowly and deeply. This way you will calm down and chase away the nausea of the stomach. Wait one minute and repeat if the bad feeling doesn’t go away.
Travel sickness occurs when the vestibular nerve (which carries balance information from the inner ear to the brain) feels movement even though the body is at rest. The brain is confused by the various data it receives from the vestibular nerve, the eyes, and the rest of the body, so it responds with nausea and discomfort.
What to do?If you are traveling by boat, focus on the horizon. This way, the eyes will tell the brain that you are not basically moving at all. It is important to prevent travel sickness. It is much more successful than treating it when the symptoms are already fully expressed. Diphenhydramine is a centrally acting antihistamine that also has anticholinergic effects. It has an inhibitory effect on the central nervous system, thus reducing the ability to drive vehicles. It can also be used in children. Caution should be exercised in patients with prostate hypertrophy (may lead to urinary retention), patients with hyperocular pressure, and asthmatics. Thietylperazine is one of the central antihistamines. It prevents nausea and vomiting in various diseases, including kinetosis. It must not be used in children under 15 years of age. The antiemetic effect occurs half an hour after taking the tablet and lasts for four hours. Cinnarizine is also used to prevent and treat seasickness. It is not recommended for people with hypotension. An alternative to synthetic drugs is ginger, which has been found to effectively alleviate travel sickness.
From a natural pharmacy
Travel sickness develops because the brain misinterprets two different signals – from the eyes and the ears. Confusing messages cause nausea.
What to do?If you are prone to travel sickness, take 250 to 500 mg of ginger ten to 20 minutes before the trip. You can take it in the form of capsules or chew a piece of real ginger. If symptoms persist, take 500 mg every four hours. Because ginger has no sedative effect, it is also suitable for drivers and people for whom conventional medications are not suitable for various reasons.