Video:What Is Sea Sickness?with Joey Papa
Sea sickness is motion sickness brought on by a boat's movement on water. Watch this About.com video to learn the symptoms, treatments, and how best to prevent sea sickness.See Transcript
Transcript:What Is Sea Sickness?
Hi, my name is Joey Papa and I’m here today with About.com to talk to you about sea sickness. We’re gonna talk about what it is, how to prevent it and how to treat it if it happens to you.
Definition of Sea Sickness
Sea sickness is the term used for motion sickness that’s caused aboard a sea vessel. The constant erratic and inconsistent movements from the waves can trigger sea sickness. Common symptoms associated from sea sickness include cold sweats, nausea, vomiting, pale skin and dizziness. If you’re planning on going on a cruise and you know you’re predisposed to motion sickness, take some precautionary steps to prevent and treat sea sickness if it occurs.
The Cause of Sea Sickness
The cause of sea sickness is a complex exchange of signals in the brain. Receptors in your eyes and inner ear send mixed messages to the brain, which in turn triggers nausea. For example, if you’re in the middle of ship, your eyes may not capture the slight movement of the ship, but your inner ear can feel the movement. The eyes are telling the brain that you’re standing still, while the ears of telling the brain that you’re moving. Most sea sickness will subside as your body becomes accustom to the mixed messages.
Preventing Sea Sickness
As you’re getting ready for your trip take some preventive measures to help you avoid the unpleasant symptoms of sea sickness. When booking your cruise, request a room on the upper deck that is located towards the front of the boat. You will experience the least movement being on top of the boat and towards the nose of the ship. Until your body becomes accustom to the movement try to spend as much time as you can on the top deck, outside looking at the horizon. Looking at the horizon will help your ears and eyes send the same message to the brain.
Also, avoid eating foods that are high in fat or that are spicy. Stay away from overeating or over indulgence in alcohol. It’s best to eat small meals every few hours.
Treatments for Sea Sickness
Ginger and peppermint supplements are typically used to prevent and treat the symptoms of sea sickness. You can find these supplements at your local health food store. Before using any herbal supplement, be sure to talk with your doctor. A few medications are available over-the-counter to help treat nausea and dizziness associated with motion sickness. Your doctor may prescribe stronger medications if you have a severe disposition to nausea or dizziness.
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