Do you feel dizzy, experience breathlessness, sweat profusely or vomit; while airborne? Then, probably you suffer from a disorder called airsickness. Like carsickness and seasickness; airsickness is a common form of motion sickness. Characterized by symptoms like vomiting, nausea, dry mouth and skin pallor; it is considered a normal response even in people with healthy constitutions. Airsickness generally occurs when the various sense organs send contradictory messages to the central nervous system of the body. It makes the body lose its sense of balance and equilibrium, thus giving rise to air sickness and all the other major forms of motion sicknesses. Apart from this primary factor; various other factors like stress, fatigue or the use of alcohol, can also make one feel airsick.
Airsickness Phobia or ‘Aeronausiphobia’, on the other hand, is totally a mental phenomenon. A person suffering from this particular form of phobia experiences an excessive, unnecessary and persistent fear of vomiting, after getting airborne or even just thinking about being airborne. Thus, a person constantly fears that he/ she might vomit, while flying. Here, the feeling is impulsive and voluntary, unlike in airsickness.
At the same time, a person may experience severe anxiety and get excessively paranoid during this period. Aeronausiphobia generally occurs; when a person associates some negative emotional factors/ experiences with the act of flying (like getting airsick before). Sometimes such irrelevant and unnatural fear may also jeopardize the life of the individual. Here are some major symptoms of airsickness and quick tips of avoiding the embarrassment that results from such a disorder.
Major Symptoms of Airsickness
- Frontal headache
- Excessive sweating
- Dry Mouth
- Rapid/ Irregular Breathing
- Upset Stomach
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Easily agitated
- Nausea or vomiting
How to Avoid Airsickness
- Be relaxed while you are on the aircraft
- Choose a seat that provides you a smooth ride
- Don’t overeat before you fly
- Avoid spicy food and alcohol before flying
- Don’t read while on the aircraft
- Relax and look at the distant objects (avoid too much concentration)
- Get adequate sleep the previous night
- Suck on a lemon or a tangy candy
- Keep ginger/ ginger derivatives handy
Remember these quick tips before you board your next flight. Have a comfortable journey and forget about that airsick bag forever.