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Motion Sickness

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is motion sickness?

Motion sickness happens when the motion you see is different from the motion you feel. Your eyes, muscles, joints, and inner ears sense motion and send signals to your brain. When these signals are different, motion sickness occurs.

What increases my risk for motion sickness?

What are the signs and symptoms of motion sickness?

How is motion sickness diagnosed?

Motion sickness is diagnosed based on your symptoms and when they happened. Your healthcare provider may move your head in different directions. This test may show if an inner ear problem is causing your symptoms. You may be asked to do certain exercises that could make you dizzy.

How is motion sickness treated?

Try to avoid activities that can trigger motion sickness. Medicines can help prevent or treat motion sickness.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I help prevent motion sickness?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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