Travel Sickness

Symptoms, causes and treatments for motion/travel sickness

Travel sickness or motion sickness is a name given to a combination of symptoms which are caused by travelling on planes, boats, cars or coaches. Travel sickness symptoms can often include dizziness, nausea and sickness, and can cause discomfort to people who suffer from it. It can sometimes be avoided by using distraction techniques, particularly in children. However, some people may need to use medication in order to prevent symptoms from occurring.

There are different types of travel sickness medication available to buy online at euroClinix after completing an online consultation for one of our doctors to review. Once your order has been approved you will be issued an online prescription and a registered pharmacy will dispatch your medication for next day delivery.

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Avomine

4.7 / 5 (14 Reviews)
    • Relieves symptoms of motion or travel sickness
    • Prevents nausea
    • Works as an anti-emetic to combat sickness and nausea
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Scopoderm

4.7 / 5 (19 Reviews)
    • Prevents motion sickness
    • Reduces the symptoms of nausea, vomiting and drowsiness
    • For best results, the patches should be applied a few hours before your journey
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Kwells

4.7 / 5 (3 Reviews)
    • Reduces the risk of motion sickness
    • Limits symptoms of nausea, vomiting and drowsiness
    • Easy dissolvable pill
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What is travel sickness?

Travel sickness symptoms can occur when you travel by car, plain, train and ship. The medical term for travel sickness is kinetosis which is known for causing confusion between the way the eyes see motion and the way the body senses it. When you walk around the body propels itself forwards and the inner ear acts as a spirit level to balance itself. This is not the case when travelling by vehicle because the body is essentially still when the eyes can see movement.

What causes travel sickness?

Travel or motion sickness occurs when there is a disparity between what the eyes are seeing as the position of the body and what the inner ear (which controls balance) perceives. Because the body is still the brain is unable to process what is going on properly because the messages sent by the eyes contradict what the inner ear is telling them. Through this confusion people can become symptomatic when travelling and as a result feel nauseous, vomit, feel dizzy and in some people get a headache.

Motion sickness can also sometimes be caused by smells such as petrol or the anxiety of travelling. It is more common in children who can usually grow out of it but some adults can also suffer from the condition, particularly in certain circumstances such as an excessively rocky boat ride or driving on long roads with lots of curves.

What are the symptoms of travel sickness?

The most common travel sickness symptoms are nausea and vomiting. Others can include:

  • Excess saliva
  • Cold sweat
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Pale colour of skin
  • Shallow fast breathing
  • Headache
  • Tiredness

These symptoms most often occur when someone is feeling sea sick or car sick but can also be present on aeroplanes, coaches or even long train journeys. Some people also experience motion sickness symptoms which can include headaches, drowsiness and difficulty breathing.

Can travel sickness be avoided?

In children and adults with mild cases of motion sickness, it can sometimes be avoided by using techniques such as listening to music, focussing on a particular point and not reading whist travelling, or by eating small meals only before the journey.

It is also possible to prevent travel sickness by:

  • avoiding the consumption of too much food before embarking on your journey
  • do not drink alcohol or spices

These could alleviate the travel sickness symptoms further. Fortunately prescription medications can help you to prevent travel sickness symptoms without having to try and treat them once symptoms occur. In the case of tablet medication trying to keep it down once vomiting has started is extremely difficult. With prescription treatment for travel sickness, it can be taken before setting out.

If you continue to suffer from motion sickness, there is medication which you can use in order to try and avoid the symptoms of travel sickness. In addition to medication, ginger is often used as a remedy for other types of nausea and vomiting, such as morning sickness and some people have reported benefits when using it to treat travel sickness. Acupressure bands can also help to avoid sickness.

What are the treatments for travel sickness?

To treat travel sickness symptoms non medicinal methods include distraction. This is usually successful in helping younger sufferers to overcome it for shorter journeys. Moving around on a boat or plane can cause the travel sickness symptoms to worse, as can sitting at the front or back. It is better to find seating in the middle as this is where the least movement takes place. Looking at an object that isn't moving can help rather than using your phone, video game or book. Where possible ensure a good supply of fresh air and if on a ship try to get towards the top to stay cool. Anything you eat before or during the journey should be light to avoid making symptoms worse.

Medication for travel sickness should be taken before the symptoms begin as digestion can be impaired when suffering from travel sickness and that can cause the medication to be less effective. There are two types of medication which you can buy if you suffer from motion sickness symptoms. Hyoscine is a medication for travel sickness which comes in the form of patches (known as Scopoderm) or tablets (such as Kwells), so that you can take the medication in the most convenient form as possible.

Promethazine is one of the antihistamines which are sometimes used to treat travel sickness. It is only available in tablet form (known as Avomine) and is sometimes considered to have milder effects although it does not act as a sedative so it is preferred by some patients.

Overview of prescription treatments for travel sickness
Avomine Prevents nausea and sickness when taken before a journey. Can also be used as an anti-emetic is vomiting occurs and as an antihistamine.
Scopoderm A patch treatment to be applied before travelling to effectively relieve travel sickness symptoms.
Kwells For the prevention and treatment of travel sickness.

Can you buy travel sickness medication online?

Yes. If you have suffered or are worried about suffering from travel sickness, you can buy medications to treat the symptoms at euroClinix. You will be asked to fill in an online consultation with one of our doctors so that we can ensure that the medication will be safe and effective for you. Once your order has been approved, a registered pharmacy will dispatch your medication for next day delivery.

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