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What is Travel Sickness

Travel sickness, technically known as kinetosis, is a condition where a disagreement exists between what we know and what we perceive with our eyes at a particular moment, about movement. Depending upon the cause, there are several types of this condition.

Nearly 33 percent of people suffer from the milder signs of this condition whereas as 66 percent people are prone to the severe form of this condition. 50 percent of astronauts associated with the space program of the United States have suffered from space sickness. This article tries to gains further understanding on this topic.

Symptoms of Travel Sickness: Signs of travel sickness appear when conflicting signals are received by the central nervous system from the eyes, skin, ears and sensory receptors of the muscle and joint. Some of these signs are:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Sweating

Kinetosis and Inner Sense of Balance:

When a person is travelling in a plane, the eyes only visualize the interior of the plane. If the plane tosses because of the air turbulence of a Strom, the brain gets contradictory messages where what is known to be happening is not the same with what is observed. This is air sickness. Similarly, a person reading book in the back seat of a moving car, experiences car sickness. The ears and skin can detect the motion but the eyes are concentrated on the pages of the book sending contradictory signals to the brain about notion and perception of movement.

Treatment of Travel Sickness:

  • Antihistamine medications bring down the stimulation of the inner ear treating the symptoms of kinetosis.
  • Looking out of the window at the horizon and chewing gums while travelling are the natural ways of reducing car sickness.
  • Ginger is known to reduce nausea and vomiting naturally. Chewing its roots or drinking ginger tea can be beneficial in naturally reducing motion sickness symptoms.
  • Wearing electronic devices like LCD shutter glasses is one of the latest treatment techniques of this condition.

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