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Health Tips For Motion Sickness

Medical correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin talks to us about health tips for motion sickness.


Lots of Americans get motion sickness when traveling by car, boat or plane. It occurs when the inner ear, which is responsible for your sense of balance, tells the body it's moving in one direction while the eyes tell you you're moving in another.


Motion sickness symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and perspiration. Over-the-counter medications such as "dramamine" can help, but there are some other things you can do: request seat away from tail section when flying, because a seat in the tail section is usually the bumpiest.


If you're aboard a ship, get a cabin near the middle of the ship where there's less pitching and rolling. If you are in a car, fix your gaze straight ahead, not to the side. Better yet, offer to drive since those at the wheel hardly ever get motion sickness!

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