Even though traveling can be exciting and enjoyable, getting sick can easily put a damper on the flight experience and ultimately a vacation. Air sickness is a form of motion sickness that is very common. Air illness occurs when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the body, throwing off balance and equilibrium. This illness affect travelers with symptoms such as nausea, sweats, vomiting, hot flashes, and chills. However, there are a few things to can do to reduce the risk of illness on your flight.
The first thing you can do before leaving your house is to make sure you are wearing the proper clothing for flying. Any tight clothing around your neck or abdomen may contribute to nausea symptoms. Your clothes should be loose, comfortable, and in thin layers. Any cotton clothing is ideal since it is both breathable and comfortable.
You will also want to avoid eating a heavy meal before a flight if you are prone to airsickness. Heavy, greasy and spicy foods may make nausea worse and can cause indigestion. The best foods to eat before flying are light, non-greasy, and non-spicy. Instead of eating a full course meal, try eating soups or salads; you can even eat a small cut of meat.
Another thing you can do is choose a seat with the smoothest ride, typically a seat near the wing. Seat in this area are less bumpy during flights than the rest of the plane. The wing area is ideal for those who are prone to motion sickness.
While seated facing forward, focus on distant objects instead of trying to read or looking at something else that is in close proximity to you.
Just in case you do experience nausea during a flight, take a few saltine crackers with you. You can also request hot tea, ginger ale, or any other light soda that will help settle your stomach. Avoid gum and candy with the exception of peppermints. Sucking on a lemon is also good for drying out the mouth and decreasing nausea.
If you feel queasy during takeoff or landing lean back, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Once you’re up in the air, your body’s equilibrium should go back to normal.
If all else fails, and you continually get sick during flights, you can request a prescription medication from your doctor. There are several medications he/she can prescribe or recommend to alleviate air sickness symptoms including meclizine, dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, scopolamine, and ginger capsules.