We do a lot more travelling than normal during the holidays, and sometimes motion sickness can catch us by surprise. If you find yourself feeling queasy with no meds nearby, focusing on the horizon isn’t your only chance for relief.
The New York Times recommends several approaches you can take when feeling nauseated in transit. In addition to medication and the soothing properties of ginger, opening a window isn’t a bad idea.
Cooler temperatures might also help, said Dr. Joseph M. Furman, a professor of otolaryngology and neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical centre, who used to drive with the windows cracked in winter to soothe his son who was in elementary school. If his daughter asked why, he would say, “Do you want your brother to puke or do you want to put on a coat?”
There isn’t a lot of information as to why many people suggest fresh or cold air for motion sickness relief, but aviation medicine site LeftSeat.com suggests that it may have to do with odours — cool, fresh air gets rid of any scents that might make nausea worse. If nothing else, it’s worth a try the next time you’re feeling a little iffy. Hit the link to read more.
The Taming of the Stomach [New York Times]