Travel sickness is also commonly referred to as motion sickness. Symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating and pallor. Travel sickness occurs during repetitive small movements, resulting in the brain being sent mixed messages; with the eyes saying one thing and the balance mechanisms of the inner ear saying another. In addition, smells, anxiety or focusing on a nearby object such as a book, can also trigger travel sickness. Treatments available include ginger, peppermint, anti-nausea medications, acupressure, keeping still, not reading, increasing ventilation, avoiding alcohol or heavy meals, minimizing the triggers, cognitive behavioural therapy, and progressive muscle relaxation.
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