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Ever Been Sea Sick? You’re Not Alone!

What is Motion Sickness?

Almost everyone is susceptible… at one time or another.

If you've ever been sick to your stomach on a rocking boat or a bumpy airplane ride, you know the discomfort of motion sickness. Although it doesn't cause long-term problems, motion sickness can make life miserable, especially for people who travel a lot. People can feel sick from the motion in cars, airplanes, trains, amusement park rides, or on boats or ships. Motion sickness is sometimes called airsickness or seasickness. Video games, flight simulators, and looking through a microscope also can cause motion sickness. In these cases, the eyes see motion, but the body does not sense it. Children from 5 to 12 years old, women, and the elderly seem to be more susceptible to motion sickness, while it is rare in children younger than age 2.

What are the symptoms of motions sickness?

A general feeling of being un-well (malaise).

• Nausea or vomiting, or both.

• Headache.

• Cold sweating, which means you sweat even though you're not overheated.

• A pale appearance.

Symptoms usually go away soon after the motion stops. Sometimes it can take a few days for symptoms to go away. You may become used to motion during extended trips, such as on a cruise. If that happens, your symptoms may subside. But when you are back on land, the lack of motion can cause symptoms to return for a short time.

What causes motion sickness?

Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear, the eyes, and other areas of the body that detect motion send unexpected or conflicting messages to the brain. One part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, vision, and sensory nerves that help you keep your balance) may sense that your body is moving, while the other parts do not sense motion. For example, if you are in the cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of big waves, but your eyes don't see any movement. This leads to a conflict between the senses and results in motion sickness.

What are Motion Sickness Treatments?

The best way to treat motion sickness is to stop the motion. If you can't stop the motion, sit or lie down in an area with the least motion. In an airplane, try to sit near the wings. On a ship, stay on the deck and look at the horizon. Or, if you are inside, move to the center of the ship.

You also can take prescription and nonprescription medicine to prevent or reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Most medicines work best if taken before travel. The medicines work in different ways. Some are sedatives that minimize the effect of motion. Others reduce nausea and vomiting.

The following medicines may help prevent symptoms of motion sickness:

• Scopolamine (Transderm Scop)

• Promethazine (Promethegan)

• Antihistamines, including dimenhydrinate (such as Dramamine). Do not give your child antihistamines unless your child’s doctor has told you to. If the doctor tells you to give your child medicine, be sure to follow the doctor’s advice on how to give it.

People often try alternative methods of preventing motion sickness such as taking ginger or wearing acupressure bands. There is little scientific evidence that these methods work. But there is no harm in trying them.

The nice thing about fishing with Captain Woody Gore is you don't have to worry about this problem because I've suffered with this problem since childhood and I don't fish where I or my client's will get sick.

Folks wonder why I choose guiding as a profession. For me it's only bad when I'm in rough offshore waters... that are why I fish mostly inshore; and only occasionally travel offshore on a calm day. Fortunately, I'm ok in planes and driving or in the passenger seat of cars, however amusement rides for me are out.

Here’s what’s worked for me in recent years. Having tried all the others with no positive results and hearing for years about cinnamon and ginger; I found a couple of companies that produced products I was able to tolerate. They were:

• Pirates’ Gold Cinnamon-Ginger Candy Pirates' Gold Ginger Candy.

Some further investigations revealed that cinnamon and ginger have been used for centuries as a natural remedy in the treatment of arthritis, sea sickness, nausea, taste stimulation, morning sickness and are known for their aphrodisiac properties. These spices were so highly prized that fortunes were made and lost and empires were built around their import and export. Once more valuable than gold, these were two of the most profitable spices in the Dutch East India Company

• Quease Ease Quease Ease Inhaler

Essential oils which have been described as helpful for the relief of nausea include Peppermint, Ginger, and Spearmint. The four essential oils used in Quease Ease are Peppermint, Ginger, Spearmint, and Lavender. Ginger, spearmint, and peppermint are essential oils that have documented efficacy in reducing nausea and vomiting. Lavender is added as an anxiolytic and antispasmodic, both of which contribute to perception of nausea.

Although there is no evidence for effectiveness of the collective combination of these essential oils, individual studies demonstrate efficacy for both inhalant and botanical forms of the essential oils.

Both products have worked for me without any drowsy side effects. Now whenever I’m fortunate or perhaps unfortunate enough to get outside to fish deep water; at least I have a couple products that seem to work for me; and I would recommend both.