Why do some travelers vomit? The do’s and the don’ts to avoid the motion sickness | RB

As a South Sudanese, you might have experienced or see some people causing others discomfort by puking while driving in a car, boat or flying in an aeroplane. Some people have always vomited whenever they travel in a car and here is it scientific explanation.

According to health experts, the condition is called motion sickness and can be caused by any transportation or motion. It occurs when the inner ear receive signals that the brain interprets conflicting the interpretation of what the eyes see, causing confusing messages which in turn have impacts on physiological order of the body. For example, your eyes may be focusing horizontally while reading a book while your ears interpret your motion as forward motion/movement. From here, vomiting or dizziness may result. Sometimes the event capitalizes on food poisoning (eating contaminated foods) and poor oxygen intake. The person may not go to a clinic or hospital for further treatment or diagnosis as most of the times or after stopping travelling, the sickness goes away. It varies from person to person and while some may need medication like taking simple medicines, others heal way too fast without taking any drug.

You can use the following tips to avoid this before it occurs or during the process of its occurrence.


  • close your eyes and breathe slowly
  • break up long journeys to get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk
  • try ginger, lemon which you can take as a tablet
  • look straight ahead at a fixed point
  • distract your thoughts by talking, listening to music or singing songs

Don’t do,

  • look at moving objects, such as passing cars or rolling waves
  • eat heavy meals, spicy foods or drink alcohol shortly before or during travel
  • read, watch films or use electronic devices

For those who are highly affected by motion sickness, you can always carry a small bag to help avoid embarrassment by puking on yourself or others.


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