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Car Sickness – Why Do You Get It ?


Car sickness, every year 20 million of Britons are believed to suffer from it. Motion sickness commonly called “car sickness” can find you anywhere – car, plane, ship. Dizziness, nausea and a “barf bag”, not a ideal way to start your holiday. Although the prime years for car sickness are between 2 and 12, with many outgrowing the problem later on in their life, this unpredictable phenomenon can hit you back without any warning.


What Causes Car Sickness ?

Car sickness begins when our sense of balance is interrupted by conflicting information to central nervous system coming from the inner ear, eyes, and the pressure and sensory receptors, found in our muscles, joints and spine. For example: While the car turns, tiny particles of chalk suspended in liquid in your inner ear, push against microscopic hairs and tell your brain that you are on your side. Meanwhile, your eyes are sending different information and it’s this that makes you sick.


What Can You Do To Help Car Sickness ?

Unfortunately car sickness is one of those things that just can’t be cured, medication will only blunt the effects. Car sickness is also quite suggestible, which means that If you think you are going to be sick, you probably will be.

Looking down might be a problem because the field of view moves around even more, so reading a book or playing your Ipad games might not be a good idea.

Many times taking your or your children’s minds off it by listening to music or looking out of the window at the horizon, might do the job. If this fails, sitting up front might help. This way you’ll be able to anticipate motion and fix your eyes on a point.

Some people suggest that shutting your eyes or lying down while listening to music might help. However Dr. Chandrasekhar, director of New York Otology and ENT surgeon at the New York Head and Neck Institute, says that this method is the worst thing you can do. Closing your eyes shuts off a very powerful override. By opening your eyes and focusing, either on a single point in the distance or focusing as if you’re driving the car, many people are actually able to override the incorrect interpretation of the ear input.

Another prevention mechanism that might work is wearing those magnetic bracelets that supposedly help with balance, although it’s considered to be just psychological relief.

The modern version of an old Chinese fisherman’s remedy of stimulating the acupressure points that control nausea with wristband, are used with great success to treat car sickness too.

More natural approach to relieving the sensation of car sickness might be ginger. Some people get a great relief when sucking on it which is reported to be very effective in calming the stomach down.

If all these fail and the dreaded symptoms begin, you might have to look for help at your local chemist.


Do you have your own way to manage car sickness ? Please, use the comment section below and share it with us.

August 15, 2014 |

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