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Motion sickness decoded

Don’t let nausea or a dizzy spell play spoilsport the next time you travel.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 24, 2010 01:28 IST
Harsha bhatnagar

Motion sickness
is a mood dampener. It starts with a mild feeling of nausea while travelling by road, sea or air, and leaves you mentally and physically drained. Recognise the symptoms of motion sickness and try the following tips to curb it the next time you travel by any mode of

1. Nausea, dizziness and vomiting
2. Paleness of the skin and fatigue
3. Cold sweats and headache
4. Increased salivation

Common tips:
1. Eat before you travel, but avoid big, greasy meals and alcohol.
2. Plug your nose before puking. It not only keeps vomit from clogging your nose, it also helps in keeping the stench at bay.
3. Carry lots of liquids to keep you hydrated. Club soda
is a great
stomach settler.
4. Turn the air vents toward your face, as fresh air helps.

Combating road sickness
1. Take the front seat as it is easier to keep your eyes in tune with the motion of the car or bus.
2. Take breaks and walk whenever possible. It restores your sense of balance.
3. Rest your head against the seat back to keep it still.

Air sickness
1. Eat low calorie meals 24 hours before the flight.
2. Avoid salty food and dairy products.
3. Opt for a window seat.

Sea sickness
1. Choose a cabin on the upper deck or towards the front of the ship
2. When on deck, keep your eyes fixed on visible land.