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You would love to go whale watching in Tadoussac, but just the thought of getting in the car, taking a plane or boarding a boat is enough to make you feel queasy? You probably have motion sickness.
Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting messages from the eyes and the ears. For example, if you are reading in a car, your eyes see a relatively stable image. However, your ears, which play a major role in regulating balance, perceive the motion of the car. When it receives these incompatible signals, the brain becomes confused, and this confusion provokes the various symptoms associated with motion sickness.
Motion sickness usually develops gradually.
General feeling of discomfort and malaise, paleness, headache, mild nausea and tiredness.
More intense nausea, increased production of saliva and sweating.
Dizziness, vomiting (at times painful) and cold sweats.
Symptoms usually diminish when the movement stops. In some people, however, it can take days for symptoms to disappear altogether.
Good to know!
Strong, unpleasant odours can sometimes trigger the onset of symptoms.
Pharmacies carry various over-the-counter drugs – usually antihistamines – that can prevent motion sickness or reduce its symptoms. They come in various forms:
For maximum effectiveness, pills and suppositories must be taken at least 30 minutes before a trip. As for skin patches, they should be applied 12 to 24 hours before departure.
Good to know!
Young children should not be given this type of medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before buying these products. Among other things, they can provoke unwanted side effects (e.g. drowsiness, excitability).
Yes, it can! In fact, here are a few helpful hints.
In a car
On a plane
On a boat
Need more hints? Talk to your pharmacist. He’s a great source of information.
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