Have you got the travelling bug?

Feeling sick or vomiting when you are travelling is usually caused by the up and down movement of the vehicle. It does not affect everyone and you may not suffer in all types of vehicles.

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Travel or motion sickness is thought to occur when there’s a difference between what your eyes see and what your inner ears sense.  The inner ear, which helps with balance, sends different signals to your brain from those your eyes are seeing, it is these confusing messages which cause you to feel unwell.

You may feel travel sick on journeys in a car, train or plane or even when you’re riding a horse. Your symptoms may be worse if you’re reading while you’re moving.   In most cases, the symptoms of travel sickness start improving as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem.

Symptoms include:

  • Feeling or being sick
  • Feeling dizzy
  • A headache
  • Sweating a lot
  • Looking pale

The NHS suggest the following advice on how to ease motion sickness yourself:

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Minimise motion

Sit in the front of a car or in the middle of a boat.

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Breathe fresh air

If it's possible try opening a car window.

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Distract children

By talking, listening to music or singing songs.

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Break up long journeys

Get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk.

We advise:

  • Ask our pharmacist to help choose a remedy that will last the whole length of the journey. Let the pharmacist know if you are going to be driving
  • Be prepared and have sick bags to hand even if you have taken an anti-sickness tablet
  • Read how to take the tablets. Many products need to be taken well before the journey starts
  • Try to keep children occupied with in-car games and avoid reading
  • If you are looking out of the window, try to focus on distant objects that remain steady
  • Do not have large meals and/or fizzy drinks before travelling
  • Make sure that there is plenty of fresh air

If your symptoms cannot be controlled ask our pharmacist for advice.

There are a range of treatment options available, speak to our pharmacist to decide what is best for you depending on your personal circumstances. 

Travel Health and Vaccination Service

Our friendly staff are here to help you with all your travel needs, book your travel vaccinations today! 

Vaccines cost from £31, for a full price list see the frequently asked questions section below.

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