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Dr. Mark Fisher
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Carsickness (Overview)

Carsickness is the unpleasant feeling of nausea (which sometime leads to vomiting) that some people experience while riding in a car.


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What sort of disease is carsickness?

What sort of disease is carsickness?

Motion sickness: Car sickness is motion sickness. Motion sickness occurs when your body is moving but your eyes register your surroundings as static. Manifestations of motion sickness include nausea and dizziness. Motion sickness can also occur on planes and boats. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Fisher
15 doctors shared insights

Carsickness (Overview)

Carsickness is the unpleasant feeling of nausea (which sometime leads to vomiting) that some people experience while riding in a car.


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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose carsickness?

What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose carsickness?

Accurate history: A careful interview (history) will help your provider determine whether you have carsickness (motion sickness). It is more common in people with migraines. Symptoms can have varying degrees of intensity. Typically nausea and feeling poorly occur when the car is in motion. The more winding the road, the more intense the symptoms. Looking out towards something on the distant horizon seems to help. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating carsickness?

Prevention can help: If motion sickness is a frequent problem, then it is reasonable to try to prevent onset of symptoms. Over the counter antihistamines taken 30 min prior to travel can help. Transdermal scopolamine applied 4 hours before travel can also help. Once symptoms start then little can be done. ...Read more

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Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of carsickness?

Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of carsickness?

No: Please disregard the previous message. Nausea is a normal reaction to some types of motion. Some people are more prone to it than others. Medications like Meclizine or scopolamine can be helpful. If "motion sickness" occurs at rest, that is not normal. It signifies an imbalance in the inertial guidance systems in your inner ears. If so, you should see a hearing and balance specialist. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do to prevent carsickness?

Is there anything you can do to prevent carsickness?

Yes: Sit in the front seat, there is less "shock" that way. Otherwise, you can try over the counter dramamine, compazine...As always, make sure you are well hydrated. ...Read more

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My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

No: It's not genetic, it's not contageous, it's not dangerous. It goes away eventually after the car ride. There are over the counter drugs you can take to prevent it from happening. Just be happy you didn't get it. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating carsickness?

Prevention can help: If motion sickness is a frequent problem, then it is reasonable to try to prevent onset of symptoms. Over the counter antihistamines taken 30 min prior to travel can help. Transdermal scopolamine applied 4 hours before travel can also help. Once symptoms start then little can be done. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is carsickness?

Motion sickness: Car sickness is motion sickness. Motion sickness occurs when your body is moving but your eyes register your surroundings as static. Manifestations of motion sickness include nausea and dizziness. Motion sickness can also occur on planes and boats. ...Read more

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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose carsickness?

Accurate history: A careful interview (history) will help your provider determine whether you have carsickness (motion sickness). It is more common in people with migraines. Symptoms can have varying degrees of intensity. Typically nausea and feeling poorly occur when the car is in motion. The more winding the road, the more intense the symptoms. Looking out towards something on the distant horizon seems to help. ...Read more

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