motion sickness

(redirected from Travel sickness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

motion sickness,

waves of nausea and vomiting experienced by some people, resulting from the sudden changes in movement of a vehicle. The ailment is also known as seasickness, car sickness, train sickness, airsickness, and swing sickness. The principal cause of the disturbance is the effect of motion on the semicircular canals of the inner ear, although other factors such as inadequate ventilation and fumes or noxious odors may contribute. Drugs are available that, when taken beforehand, prevent the occurrence of motion sickness.

Motion Sickness

 

a syndrome occurring in man and some animals as a result of rocking on the sea (seasickness), air turbulence and aerobatics (airsickness), or rapid driving over a winding, bumpy road. It is caused by prolonged stimulation of the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear and by the action of impulses that originate in the internal organs on the autonomic nervous system.

The symptoms of motion sickness include fatigue, dizziness, headache, copious salivation, nausea, vomiting (which causes temporary relief), and the appearance of cold perspiration. Prolonged motion may cause loss of consciousness. Aeron and diphenhydramine are used to prevent and treat motion sickness; persons with a highly sensitive vestibular apparatus may take the drugs before embarking on an airplane or ship. Vestibular training (special exercises that increase the stability of the vestibular apparatus) is also helpful in preventing the syndrome.

REFERENCE

Vozhzhova, A. I., and R. A. Okunev. Ukachivanie i bor’ba s nim. Leningrad, 1964.

motion sickness

[′mō·shən ‚sik·nəs]
(medicine)
A complex of symptoms, including nausea, vertigo, and vomiting, occurring as the result of random multidirectional accelerations of a vehicle.

motion sickness

A condition in which a person suffers from nausea and vomiting. Motion sickness includes sea sickness, car sickness, swing sickness, and air sickness. The sickness in the air may be caused by a fear of flying, apprehension at seeing the horizon at different angles, turbulence, unusual attitudes, and g forces. It also may be caused by mismatching between the balance signals from the ear and the visual signals from the eye. Also called air sickness.
References in periodicals archive ?
41% of parents who suffered from travel sickness as a child have a child who also suffers.
As well as hay fever, help is available through the Think Pharmacy First scheme for ailments like travel sickness, constipation, the cold, sore throat, verrucas, head lice and many more common problems.
Mr Davey says they may like to take a travel sickness pill before their next cinema trip.
And so started a terrible few months of doctors visits, travel sickness pills, ear syringing, lying on the floor crying, hanging onto the bed, throwing up, and nobody finding anything wrong with me.
BRAEHEAD boss Drew Bannister is desperately trying to cure his side's travel sickness ahead of tonight's crunch clash with Dundee.
LIVERPOOL and Fulham have been forced to take scenic routes across Europe, but the Premier League's last European representatives should not suffer travel sickness in their Europa League semi-final first legs tonight.
Hardwick, the surprise package this season, didn''t have any travel sickness and with their trip to Eston Labour they managed a stunning 34-6 victory and now lie only seven points adrift of leading club Blytholme.
Rovers boss John Snape said: "We had a few jokes at the time but, in truth, we didn't have the best journey and two of my lads suffered with travel sickness.
A NATIONAL trial to test travel sickness wrist bands as a treatment for chemotherapy nausea is taking place in Liverpool.
DERBY cured their recent bout of travel sickness with a trip on the Woolwich ferry before Nathan Ellington secured a dramatic 2-2 draw at Charlton.
Planning ahead to minimise travel sickness is an essential part of preparing for a safe family journey.
A remedy such as cinnarizine can be taken two hours before the journey and can prevent travel sickness for up to eight hours.