My daughter started to experience a nausea while driving to my parent’s hause. Didn’t pay much of the attention at the beginning, but as the problem didn’t persist, started to look for potential reasons behind the issue. And this is what one of my friends, a pharmacist owning a drug store in Phoenix, AZ., advised me.
Most often the nausea in a car affects the children and the elderly people, but don’t be fooled, it can be a problem for anyone. These unpleasant moments may appear both on longer journeys as well as in heavy city traffic jams.
Heat Inside the Car
When using any mean of transportation, whether it is a car, public transport, vessel or aircraft, the human body is being moved. So, to maintain the cord in a vertical position, our brains uses all the information it can acquire through senses such as sight, sound, proprioception, nociception to name a few. When in a movement, human brains can get confused, causing the vestibular system to irritate and hence results in nausea. To add, in case the irritation is not stopped, nausea may result even in fainting. This condition is widely known as seasickness; the seasickness most often affects 2 to 12 year olds, pregnant women and people who suffer from migraines because their vestibular system is much more sensitive than one of a regular adult.
The most important thing to keep in mind for those who are affected by this problem – before the onset of the nausea spell all senses are exacerbated significantly. Knowing this, one can be sure of when the attack of nausea is approaching. If possible, at this point you should stop, get off the vehicle and relax for a while. However, there are cases when this is impossible, right? If so, there are some other methods to deal with nausea.
How to resist nausea?
For those who suffer from seasickness, sleep is the ultimate remedy. If you can’t sleep while moving from one location to another, you should choose the front seat besides the driver; it is proven that looking out of the front window occupies the vestibular apparatus. However, looking through the side windows is not desirable – it can only escalate the nausea. It is also advised to get some fresh air (especially in hot and dry weather), it is likely to delay or minimize the problem. Be sure not to read, watch movies or TV series or play phone and tablet games while travelling with any transport.
However, people who have been suffering from seasickness symptoms on a regular basis, and don’t want to face this problem in longer trips, can get medication for it. Adults and youngsters over the age of 14 years may use non-prescription drugs, which is an antihistamine and vitamin B6 combination. When used every 4-6 hours, it provides anti-nausea effect. In turn, 6 to 14 year old should use this method every 6-8 hours. There are also homeopathic preparations whose use is recommended 3 times a day every 3 hours. Conversely, if a passenger during transportation experiences spastic dizziness, tablets must be taken every 15 minutes.
Ginger-containing dietary supplements are also effective when it comes to preventing nausea; additionally they will help to maintain a good state of health, ease stomach discomforts and even other symptoms such as dizziness and sweating. Ginger containing tablets suitable for both adults and children (over 2yrs) are also available. Use them one hour before the departure, they will last somewhere between 4 and 8 hours. If the trip is longer, additional pills should be taken.
As the nausea is caused due to stress put on the vestibular system, easy sedatives, for instance, valerian, is also an option to consider. Mint tea, sweet candy or chewing gum are also known to have some positive effects.