Motion sickness is a common reaction to real, perceived or anticipated movement. People experience this condition when they’re on a boat, train, airplane, automobile, helicopter or even an amusement park ride. Basically, if you are in something that moves, you can suffer with motion sickness. Most of the time, motion sickness is a minor inconvenience. However, there are occasions when the condition can be debilitating especially for those who have certain occupations within the transportation industry such as flight attendant, pilot, astronaut or train conductor and so forth.
The symptoms of motion sickness are usually pretty easy to recognize. The affected person gets pale, or, in some cases, a bit of a greenish tinge is noticeable in the facial area. Then, they start to get restless and fidgety. They may shift position or flail their limbs about depending upon the extremity of their motion sickness. They may even yawn or start to breathe shallowly as a means to get in more air. In rare instances, an individual can panic and begin to hyperventilate. More often than not, the sufferer will break out into a cold sweat. At this point, the individual will begin to complain of nausea and/or dizziness if he/she hasn’t already.
In fact, nausea and dizziness, or vertigo, are the two most common symptoms of motion sickness. Many times vomiting will accompany the nausea. This will provide relief for the individual in most cases. Sometimes, the desire to vomit will wax and wane without the person every actually doing so.
Of course, these aren’t the only symptoms of motion sickness. Other symptoms include, but aren’t limited to:
- excessive salivation
- and malaise.