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Travel Sickness

Travel sickness is a common problem and affects more than 20 million Britons a year. Most of us at some point have experienced the effects of travel sickness, whether on ourselves or on children; as it grabs the initial holiday excitement and quickly forming a grey cloud over your holiday. The good news is that travel sickness can be preventable with some basic knowledge and care, just take a look at our tips and advice below to get started!

What is Travel Sickness?

Travel sickness occurs when the motion in your ears becomes unbalanced with your vision, sending conflicting messages to the brain. In your inner ears, microscopic chalk particles become suspended in liquid and push against the small hairs. This sends a message to the brain that you are on your side, whereas your eyes tell the brain you are upright. This leads to symptoms including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches and a general feeling of being unwell. The effects of travel sickness commonly occur when on transport such as cars, coaches, boats, trains and planes.

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Tips for Coping with Travel Sickness

If you experience travel sickness on your journey, these tips will help to ease the symptoms:

Travel sickness interferes with your digestion system; therefore it is recommended you use medication prior to travel.

When to See Your Doctor

Generally the effects of travel sickness improve as your body gets used to and adapts to the travelling conditions. If taking multiple journeys, some people will continue to experience the effects of travel sickness throughout their entire trip. However if your symptoms don't improve within 24 hours after you have finished travelling, consult your doctor to rule out other possible causes such as a viral inner ear infection.

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