Have you come across those who vomited during a journey? What do you think is wrong with them?

Emobileclinic Trending Issue: MOTION SICKNESS

Emobileclinic Specialist

Motion sickness is the nausea disorientation and fatique that can be induced by head motion. Motion sickness is a general term, it can be subdivided into sickness due to visual stimulation, due to vestibular stimulation and occasionally, forms occur associated with somatosensory stimulation.

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It is sometimes called air sickness, sea sickness, or car sickness. it affects children from 5 to 12 years of age, women and older adults.

VULNERABLE GROUP

According to Benson, nearly 100% of human occupants of life rafts will vomit in rough seas, 60% of student air crew members suffer from air sickness some time during their training. Children are said to be almost immune to motion sickness up to the age of two.

CAUSES

• Disconnection or disagreement in the combination of visual, touch, inner ear and internal expectation information in the brain.

• Loss of the usual otolith signal associated with head movement from the gravitational axis.

• People suffering from migraine.

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SYMPTOMS

• Excessive cold, sweating on the upper lip or forehead.

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Headache

• Yawning, restlessness

• Stomach upset

TREATMENT

• Use of antiemetic drugs

• Eat a few dry soda crackers, bread, banana, rice

• Get fresh air

• Lie down

• Face leeward

• Stay off alcohol

• Avoid strong odour and spicy food

 

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