Airsickness is the result of the body’s reaction to different signals it tries to interpret. While in a moving vessel, such as an airplane or a car, the vestibular system senses movement in one way while the brain interprets a lack of movement from what the eyes see.
While flying in an airplane, your eyes tend to adjust to the movement as if you’re barely moving. Your body, specifically your inner ear, reacts to the actual movement in relation to gravity and tells your brain what it feels. The conflict of signals confuses the body, creating a feeling of nausea along with many other symptoms.
There are some of the things that make you more susceptible to airsickness, such as:
Below are some common signs and symptoms of airsickness:
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
In general, all types of motion sickness, including airsickess, are diagnosed by the patient’s history and physical examination. The individual’s description of symptoms and the context in which they occur is most often sufficient to make the diagnosis. Laboratory testing is not generally required.
You can take medicine to prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting. These include:
Some of these medicines require a prescription. Most work best if you take them before you travel.
You can try these things to alleviate the condition:
Try not to:
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with airsickness: