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How Do I Stop Getting Car Sick?

Are you hitting the road this season to visit loved ones? Do you often get sick while in the car? You are not alone.

In fact, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, motion sickness is extremely common and affects about one in three people living in the United States.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial doesn't want you to miss out on time with family, which is why we are offering tips on how you can make it through a car ride this season without getting sick.

How Long Does Car Sickness Last?

Fortunately, if you do get car sick, it doesn't usually last more than a couple hours. For many people, the symptoms of car sickness end within four hours of no longer being in motion.

Although you might not outgrow car sickness, you can learn how to reduce car sickness symptoms as you age, making it more bearable.

Symptoms of Car Sickness

  • Feeling of uneasiness
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Increased saliva production
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Can Car Sickness Be Prevented?

If you are prone to car sickness, there are a few things you can do to try and prevent car sickness from happening on your next road trip.

Try to watch what you are eating and drinking before and during your road trip. Also, choose a seat that will cause you to experience the least amount of motion. The front passenger seat is often the best idea.

Ways to Treat Car Sickness

  • Drive the car, if you're able.
  • Get some air.
  • Face the direction you are going.
  • Eat some crackers.
  • Keep your eyes on the horizon.
  • Distract yourself with music or conversation.
  • Change positions.
  • Sip on cold water or ginger ale.

Are you still needing your flu shot? Be sure to visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today before hitting the road this holiday season!