Page 52 - magazine-jan-feb14

Basic HTML Version

MOTION
SICKNESS:
FIRST AID
It can strike suddenly,
progressing from a feeling of
uneasiness to a cold sweat,
dizziness and then vomiting.
Motion sickness usually quiets
down as soon as the motion
stops. The more you travel, the
more easily you’ll adjust to being
in motion.
YOU MAY ESCAPE MOTION
SICKNESS BY PLANNING AHEAD. IF
YOU’RE TRAVELING, RESERVE SEATS
WHERE MOTION IS FELT LEAST:
By ship,
request a cabin in the front or
middle of the ship near the water level.
By plane,
ask for a seat over the front
edge of a wing. Once aboard, direct the
air vent flow to your face.
By train,
take a seat near the front and
next to a window. Face forward.
By automobile,
drive or sit in the front
passenger’s seat.
Focus on the horizon
or on a distant,
stationary object. Don’t read.
Keep your head still,
while resting
against a seat back.
Don’t smoke or sit near smokers.
Avoid spicy and greasy foods and
alcohol.
Don’t overeat.
Take an over-the-counter
antihistamine,
such as meclizine
(Antivert), or one containing
dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), at least 30
to 60 minutes before you travel. Expect
drowsiness as a side effect.
Consider scopolamine
(Transderm
Scop), available in a prescription adhesive
patch. Several hours before you plan to
travel, apply the patch behind your ear for
72-hour protection. Talk to your doctor
before using the medication if you have
health problems such as asthma, glaucoma
or urine retention.
Eat dry crackers
or drink a carbonated
beverage to help settle your stomach if you
become ill.
IF YOU’RE SUSCEPTIBLE
TO MOTION SICKNESS:
H
48
Jan/Feb 2014