Motion sickness is a term that describes an unpleasant combination of symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting, that can occur when you're travelling.

Its also sometimes known as travel sickness, seasickness, car sickness or air sickness.

Initial symptoms of motion sickness may include:

  • pale skin
  • cold sweat
  • dizziness
  • an increase in saliva
  • vomiting

Some people also experience additional symptoms, such as:

  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • Headaches
  • drowsiness
  • extreme tiredness

In most cases, the symptoms of motion sickness will start to improve as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem.

For example, if you have motion sickness on a cruise ship, your symptoms may get better after a couple of days. However, some people don't adapt and have symptoms until they leave the environment that's causing them.

Anyone can get motion sickness, but some are more vulnerable than others. Women often experience motion sickness, particularly during periods or pregnancy. People who often get migraines may also be more likely to experience motion sickness and to have a migraine at the same time.

Motion sickness is also more common in children aged 3 to 12. After this age, most teenagers grow out of the condition.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 22 Aug 2016