causes and symptoms

What is Motion Sickness and
What Triggers It?

If you’ve ever been sick to your stomach on a rocking boat or a bumpy airplane ride, you know the discomfort of motion sickness. Although it doesn’t cause long-term problems, motion sickness can make life miserable, especially for people who travel a lot.

People can feel sick from the motion in cars, airplanes, trains, amusement park rides or on boats and ships. Motion sickness is sometimes called airsickness or seasickness. Video games, flight simulators and looking through a microscope also can cause motion sickness; in these cases, the eyes see motion one way, but the body does not sense it in the same way.

Anyone can experience motion sickness under the right circumstances.  Children from 5 to 12 years old, women and the elderly seem to be more susceptible to motion sickness.  While it is rare in children younger than age 2, it can occur.

Motion sickness (or seasickness) is a general sense of not feeling well, nausea, vomiting, headache, and sweating that occurs with movement. It develops when the inner ear, the eyes, and other areas of the body that detect motion send conflicting messages to the brain.

Motion sickness occurs when one part of the balance-sensing system (inner ear, joints and muscles or vision) may indicate that the body is moving, while the other parts do not sense motion. For example, when a person is in the cabin of a moving ship, the inner ear may sense the motion of big waves, but the eyes don’t see any movement. This leads to a conflict between the senses and results in motion sickness.

 

What are the symptoms?

Mild motion sickness usually begins with a funny feeling in the stomach. If the mismatch in motion signals is not resolved to the brain’s satisfaction, the symptoms may progress to include sweating, yawning, crying (in babies), increased saliva, pallor, nausea, and vomiting. Some people also breathe more quickly. Some have a headache. Some even faint.

 

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The rocking motion that accompanies travel by ship, air or car causes motion sickness. Symptoms may include nausea, dizzy spells, sweating, salivation and drowsiness.

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