Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling Abroad - Page 3

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If you’re planning a boat trip, plan ahead.  (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Motion Sickness
Despite posing no long-term risks, motion sickness can be a debilitating affliction. Essentially, motion sickness happens when the mind and body disagree about their current state of balance, and the feeling will go away almost immediately after the offending motion stops. Which isn’t always an option if you’re, say, on a six-hour bus tour through the Italian countryside.

Some people get motion sickness more readily than others, and those who know they have a predisposition must take preventive medications at least an hour before getting on the boat, plane, or bus. Motion-sickness sufferers often pop pills in desperation, but drugs like Dramamine or Bonine, which work by balancing things out before they go haywire, have no effect if taken after a sufferer already feels sick.

There are some alternative treatments. Ginger root (such as in ginger candies or ginger ale) helps settle the stomach. Specialized bands that apply acupressure to the inside of the wrist can also help. And for many people, scopolamine patches (brand name Transderm), which look like a small, round bandage that sticks behind the ear, have proven highly effective.

If motion sickness occurs despite these measures, stay outside or near a window (don’t go to the bus bathroom or below decks on the boat), breathe as much fresh air as possible, and stare at the horizon or any stationary object in the distance until your mind regains its bearings.

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