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Motion Sickness Symptoms, Causes and More

Motion sickness is a common disorder that usually occurs when people travel by car, train, airplane or boat or go on rides at amusement parks. However, this condition has been noted since ancient times by Greeks and Romans. Motion sickness can bring about dizziness, nausea, sweating and vomiting.

Information. About a third of the population is highly susceptible to motion sickness and anyone under extreme physical conditions has increased susceptibility. The ailment is more common in children, pregnant women and people taking certain medicines. Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting information from different parts of the body, particularly the eyes and inner ear. Symptoms can happen suddenly and take a while to manage. Some options to treat motion sickness include behavioral changes, such as closing eyes and breathing deeply or changing seats in a car or plane or moving to the upper deck of a boat; by stopping the activity, like getting off of a roller coaster; or by taking over the counter medication.

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