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Prevent This Honeymoon Problem – Motion Sickness

Prevent This Honeymoon Problem – Motion Sickness

Unpleasant things sometimes happen, and it is best that you be prepared for damage control, and better yet, prevention. You may encounter motion sickness (also known as travel sickness) on your honeymoon, particularly if you use a certain mode of transportation for the first time.

You have probably heard of sea sickness, but you can also get car sickness, train sickness, plane sickness, or basically any type of transportation-triggered sickness.

Motion sickness is caused by a disturbance of the inner ear that affects the organ of balance and equilibrium and, hence, the sense of spatial orientation.

Motion sickness can strike suddenly. It can start with a feeling of uneasiness and develop into a cold sweat, dizziness, nausea and then vomiting. Motion sickness usually quiets down as soon as the motion stops. The more you travel, the better it gets, as you will better adjust to being in motion.

If you are concerned about motion sickness, do the following:

Reserve seats where motion sickness is felt least. For example:

By ship, request a cabin in the front or middle of the ship near the water level.

By plane, ask for a seat over the front edge of a wing. Once aboard, direct the air vent flow to your face.

By train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward.

By automobile, drive or sit in the front passenger's seat.

If you are susceptible to motion sickness, Mayo Clinic suggests that you do the following:

  • Focus on the horizon oragainst a seat back.
  • Don't smoke or sit near smokers.
  • Avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol. Don't overeat.
  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as meclizine (Antivert), or one containing dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), at least 30 to 60 minutes before you travel. Expect drowsiness as a side effect.
  • Consider scopolamine (Transderm Scop), available in a prescription adhesive patch. Several hours before you plan to travel, apply the patch behind your ear for 72-hour protection. Talk to your doctor before using the medication if you have health problems such as asthm on a distant, stationary object. Don't read.
  • Keep your head still, while resting a, glaucoma or urine retention.
  • Eat dry crackers or drink a carbonated beverage to help settle your stomach if you become ill.

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