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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

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My neighbors say my new doctor tends to overdiagnose everyone. He thinks I might have carsickness. Can you tell me the symptoms?

My neighbors say my new doctor tends to overdiagnose everyone. He thinks I might have carsickness. Can you tell me the symptoms?

Nausea: 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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Im having severe nause every single day im not pregnant and having carsickness i cant drive 5miles without been sick!! ?

Im having severe nause every single day im not pregnant and having carsickness i cant drive 5miles without been sick!! ?

See a doctor: There is a lot of overlap between motion sickness and migraine. Sometimes people get nausea and motion sickness in their early twenties as a premonitory symptom of migraine. Of course other problems can cause nausea and motion sickness (head injury, inner ear problems, anemia, medications, brain problems etc.) Best see a doctor to get this sorted out. ...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: Carsickness is normal. Do you want to be healed of hearing because you don’t like loud noises? You love indian what? Culture? Treatments? Forget deepak chopra: indian mds practice exactly the same medicine as us mds, here or there. And expecting any random indian md to be a fount of knowledge about traditional indian “medicine” is like assuming every mexican doctor plays in a mariachi band. ...Read more

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Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for motion sickness? I am going on a long road trip and i get terrible carsickness. Will it work the same as dramamine?

Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for motion sickness?  I am going on a long road trip and i get terrible carsickness. Will it work the same as dramamine?

Hyoscyamine sl: Hyoscyamine 0125 mg sublingual is a pill with the same pharmacologic action as scopolamine, but you do not have to purchase an expensive patch. It works usually in about 10 minutes after symptoms start. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why i always get carsick when traveling/out of state?

Can you tell me reasons why i always get carsick when traveling/out of state?

Motion sickness: If the visual inputs to the brain differ from what the middle ear (spatial system) report, then the feeling of "motion sickness" can result. I imagine that when on unfamiliar roads, you have less ability to anticipate what twists and turns might be coming up that could throw off your system. The key is to look out the window and make sure u know where u are going. If it's still really bad, c an MD ...Read more