Preventing Motion Sickness

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Does the thought of flying in a plane or a bumpy boat ride make your stomach turn? You're not alone. Motion sickness can strike anyone. The Early Show health contributor Dr. Mallika Marshall offers tips on how to prevent it.

Marshall says motion sickness occurs when the inner ear, the eyes, and other parts of your body that sense motion send conflicting messages to your brain. One area of the balance-sensing system may believe the body is moving, while the other parts don't detect any movement.

That's why it's easy to get motion sickness while aboard a ship. If you're in the cabin, for example, your inner ear may sense the motion of big waves, but your eyes will not see any movement. This causes a conflict between the senses and can make someone sick.

There are certain people who are more susceptible to motion sickness. If you're one of them, here's what Marshall says you can do:

  • Sit near the wings, when flying
  • Stay on the deck of a ship
  • Keep air circulating and don't read
Symptoms of motion sickness can include a headache, sweating and malaise. And there are remedies you can take such as Ginger and Dramamine, and/or you can wear a motion sickness wristband.

For those who will not get relief from any of these products, there are some prescription medications that may ease the pain. Tune in Friday morning for more advice.