It is common to see people throw up while traveling in vehicles, especially when on a long distance journey. It is a medical condition termed motion sickness. Does this happen to you often? There are few ways to manage it....CONTINUE READING
What causes vomitting in cars?
For few people, the smell of petrol or exhaust fumes from the vehicle may irritate the gastrointestinal system or airways & stimulate vomitting. However, motion sickness is primarily caused by a disunity in the organs of balance (eyes, ears and legs). When in the car, the legs are not moving.
The organs of balance in the ears are however stimulated due to vehicular motion. If one is sitted at the back, it becomes a bit more serious as the eyes cannot adequately see the front or surroundings to effectively perceive motion. Therefore, the brain does not fully capture the information sent from the eyes, ears and body. This eventually stimulates the vomiting center in the brain ane the individual throws up.
Motion sickness manifests differently in people. Primarily, a person experiences nausea which is then accompanied with vomitting. In some, it is associated with headache, stomach upset, dizziness, sweats & fatigue.
The question now is, how do you manage or treat it? There are various remedies ranging from basic home remedies to travel tips & medical management.
1. Make a solution of Andrew liver salt by mixing about one or two teaspoons with water & take it before travelling. This has proven effective in some people.
2. Ensure to sit in a well-ventilated position. It is recommended to sit near the window to receive adequate fresh air.
3. Sitting in front can help relief the symtoms. The organs of balance will be able to maintain unity. The brain is also therefore able make sense of the information sent from what the eyes see in relation to the body movements.
4. Ensure to stay hydrated. Take enough water before commencing your journey. Not taking enough can cause nausea especially while trying to take a drink in a vehicle already smelling of petrol.
5. Ginger has also proven helpful in people who experience motion sickness. It helps to speed up stomach emptying therefore préventing nausea and vomiting
6. Do not change your body too frequently when sitted. If necessary, do not do so too rapidly.
7. It is also advised you don’t travel with a hungry stomach. Also, heavy meals especially solid foods. A simple, light meal is recommended to avoid the frequent urge to stool.
8. Medically, there are drugs that effectively tackle motion sickness. They include agents such as Scopolamine. It is however recommended to be taken by prescription of a doctor.
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