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Vomiting during travel: know about traveling sickness


Illness caused by motion during travel.

Nearly all individuals experience it if exposed to enough motion stimuli. [4]
- Usually self-treatable
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging not required
- Short-term: Resolves within days to weeks

Children between the ages of two and 12 years are particularly prone to motion sickness.


The traveler can experience being sick, feel dizzy, feel a headache, sweating a lot, looking pale, a dry mouth, rapid breathing, drowsiness and/or discomfort in tummy


Minimize motion; sit in the front of a car
Look straight ahead at a fixed point, such as the horizon
Breathe fresh air if possible – for example, by opening a car window
Close your eyes and breathe slowly while focusing on your breathing
Distract children by talking, listening to music or singing songs
Break up long journeys to get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk
Try ginger, which you can take as a tablet, biscuit or tea
Avoid overeating, alcohol, and smoking before travel.

Antihistamines are given for relief. Oral or patch medications can prevent or treat symptoms. Over the counter, drugs may help.

For severe cases, connect with physicians through Mfine, to get timely advice.

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