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Travel sickness tips

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Travel sickness can ruin a road trip but episodes of motion sickness can be reduced, controlled and even abated with a few easy-to-follow tips.

Car sickness occurs when conflicting signals are sent to the brain from the inner ear and eyes, according to Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth, a GP from Cambridge and the medical director of a travel clinic.

She said: “If the driver throws the car around, tiny particles of chalk suspended in liquid in your inner ear push against microscopic hairs. This tells your brain that you are on your side. Meanwhile, your eyes are sending different information and it’s this that makes you sick.”

Dr Wilson-Howarth explained that motion sickness can be reduced by taking people’s mind’s off their feelings of nausea – playing games, looking out at the horizon and listening to music can all help. (more…)