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How to deal with nausea and sickness problems during travels through ghats

Date: 09 Mar 2016   Posted By: Sahil-Kukreja     Group: Health    Category: Nutrition   

I am a 17 year old boy and I face problems like fainting, headache, vomiting, etc every time I travel through ghats and hilly places in buses cars or vans & mostly during the night time. What is the reason for this? Is there any solution?

Having motion sickness problems during road travel s in hilly areas? Check out expert tips and guidance from the responses below on how to deal with it effectively.

Author: Mahesh    10 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

Two ways to handle this - one is with medication and second is with psychological approach. In case of medication there are some of the tablets that can stop the vomiting or nausea. And then there are some options like chewing gums which can keep the vomiting from happening. You can get such tablets from local pharmaceutical store. They can recommend you to some of the tablets in such conditions. Just don't get too much used to this and developed coping techniques.

In case of psychological approach you have to ignore the surrounding and get yourself focused onto something else. For example if you are using mobile phone then keep reading something or listen to song and close your eyes. This way your distraction can help you avoid nausea. If you focus on ghat and height then you are likely to have sickness and nausea. That's how some of the people have managed to overcome the nausea.

I suggest you to get stronger with psychological approach and develop your own coping technique. This way you don't have to rely on some medicine and doctor for that.

Author: Venkiteswaran.    11 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

This happens due to what is called inertia. When we travel, our body moves with motion of the vehicle. In ghats section roads when the vehicle negotiates sharp turns one after another, we voluntarily try to keep our head steady and do some manoeuvring to keep balance. This makes a churning and disturbance inside our stomach. That results in vomiting.

This can be prevented by allowing the whole body to move or stop as per the vehicle"s motion. A sort of semi sleep is helpful. The medicines that are given for this also help in giving a sort of rest or mild sleep. Usually with more and more experience in such travelling the vomiting instances subside. For some people the smell of exhaust fumes or the unburnt fuel also adds to vomiting.

A few precautionary steps can be quite helpful..
1. Do not eat full stomach nor keep empty stomach before taking such travel. Eat a little . Do not eat oily and heavy spicy food, but take light foods like idly, bread and jam etc.
2 Take water or liquids periodically little by little.
3 Melt candies inside mouth and slowly swallow the sweet liquid oozing inside.
4 When the first doubt of nausea comes, start taking slow but long breathes in and out.
5 Take some antacid or anti-gas medicines after or before breakfast or before the food taken just before starting journey.
6. Take some non-oily food if you feel hungry or empty stomach feeling.
7. Keep ripe Oranges. They help in place of candies and also some people get relief by smelling orange or lemon.
8. Last but not least, Do not look at the sides watching trees 'run behind'. Try to doze off by keeping eyes closed and taking slow and steady deep breath. Let your whole body move comfortably with the vehicular motion. Don't try to read also.

Initially consult a doctor before going on such journeys and take the medicines prescribed if any. Than can give some confidence. Always keep ready some plastic kits to pour out if vomiting cannot be prevented.

Author: Ramachandran Pattabiraman    12 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

Simply many people I have seen they keep lemon in the hand and smell frequently to get rid of such problem.
Avoid full eating before traveling or while traveling.
In addition to that my suggestion is to keep some plastic covers with them to collect the outcome if vomiting.

Author: Seema Shah    12 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Nothing is wrong with you! This is a common condition faced by many travellers.
A few solutions:
1. Take Avil or similar medicine before starting the journey. You will feel sleepy and the symptoms faced will go away. Take this medicine under doctor's supervision.
2. Do not have a heavy diet before starting the journey. The nausea due to motion sickness could mean trouble.
3. Many people have motion sickness. If possible you can avoid bus/ vehicle travel and go by train.
4. Talk to people around, you will be diverted from thinking of nausea and headache.
Hope this helps.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    13 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

This is a very common problem. I still remember myself, my brother and my sister used to have severe vomiting tendency while travelling in crowded bus and travelling in car/bus in hilly areas. However, with the passage of time and due to frequent travel,all three of us have got rid of this problem.

However, initially take the following steps to deal with this issue:-
(a) Don't take heavy diet before the journey. Don't travel empty stomach either.
(b) Keep Avil with you during long bus journey.
(c) Don't take excessive water or other liquid during the journey.
(d) Avoid oily or spicy food during the journey.
(e) Try to avoid seat beside the window, especially in hilly areas.
(f) Try to get a good sleep during the journey.

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