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Carsickness (Definition)

Carsickness = motion sickness caused by ...Read more


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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

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What's your opinion on treating carsickness?

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 can cause someone to develop carsickness?

What can cause someone to develop carsickness?

Sensitivities: We know there is a strong association with migraine, which likely involves an inordinate sensitivity of a neurotransmitter, glutamate, and this does run in families. Any dysfunction of inner ear connections can destabilize on motion, and also provoke carsickness. ...Read more

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

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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How to prevent carsickness?

How to prevent carsickness?

Scopolamine. : Ask your doctor for a scopolamine patch, this is placed behind your ear before you travel. It will help but can give you a dry mouth. ...Read more

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How can one overcome carsickness?

Various ways: Childhood carsickness is associated with migraine, and some migraines preventatives may help this, if you have headaches. Motion sickness could be due to inner ear sensitivity, such as endolymphatic fistula. Perhaps, ENT could evaluate sinuses and inner ear. Otc preps such as meclizine, dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) and even ginger root 1000 mg may help. Some bracelets for seasickness are available. ...Read more

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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 (prochlorperazine)...As always, make sure you are well hydrated. ...Read more

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I've got bad carsickness. Also on boats so what to do?

I've got bad carsickness. Also on boats so what to do?

Scopolamine. : Ask your doctor for a scopolamine patch, this is placed behind your ear before you travel. It will help but can give you a dry mouth. ...Read more

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Would seasickness medicine help carsickness?

Would seasickness medicine help carsickness?

Yes: All motion sicknesses are responsive to that class of medications. ...Read more