What is motion sickness?
Motion sickness is an unpleasant, temporary disorder that occurs when the semicircular canals in the inner
ear that normally maintain a person's sense of balance are affected. This causes the body, the inner ear, and
the eyes to send conflicting messages to the brain, causing an unpleasant sensation. The risk for experiencing
motion sickness increases with travel, ear disorders such as with allergies or infections, smoky environments,
poor ventilation, and drinking too much alcohol.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms of motion sickness include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting; a spinning sensation;
weakness and unsteadiness; confusion, anxiety and sweating; paleness and yawning.
What is the treatment?
If symptoms persist or cause concern, visit a Take Care Health Provider. A physical exam may be done,
and medical tests may be recommended to rule out other disorders. The Take Care Health Provider may
also prescribe treatments to prevent and treat the symptoms of motion sickness.