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Health Condition

Motion Sickness

About This Condition

Motion sickness is nausea, vomiting, and related symptoms caused by repetitive angular and linear acceleration and deceleration.

Symptoms

Motion sickness is characterized by cycles of nausea and vomiting. These episodes may be preceded by yawning, salivation, pallor, cold sweat, and sleepiness. Dizziness, headache, fatigue, and general discomfort are also common. Once nausea and vomiting develop, a person with motion sickness is typically weak and unable to concentrate.

Other Therapies

Individuals with motion sickness should get fresh air and close their eyes. People who frequently experiece motion sickness should avoid drinking alcohol prior to travel.

References

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