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Avoiding Dizziness While Traveling

Going out of town by plane? Train? Automobile? No matter the type of transportation, there are plenty of dizziness and motion sickness triggers that can ruin the trip. That’s the worst thing that could possibly happen too. Imagine being in the back of a plane and suddenly you feel the familiar light-headed and nauseous feelings that come with it. No fun. Avoiding dizziness while traveling is possible, so here we’ll cover preventatives and treatments of both dizziness and motion sickness. 

Avoid Dizziness Tip #1: Drop specific foods and drinks

Caffeine is a big one to avoid. I know, that’s tough, especially when those lattes and mochas are what keep you going, but heavy amounts of these can lead to dizziness. This is especially dangerous when you’re driving. Greasy foods are also known to cause motion sickness, especially for people who are prone to it. 

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Food/drinks to help dizziness: 

  • Vitamin-C
  • Water
  • Iron – red meat and beans 

 

Avoid Dizziness Tip #2: Avoid alcohol and cigarettes

According to the Mayo Clinic, these substances are known to cause dizziness. Cigarettes may be a more difficult one to curb, especially if it’s a long-term habit, but it can be a real problem. Alcohol should especially be avoided during travel, specifically while driving. 

 

Avoid Dizziness Tip #3: Fight stress and anxiety 

This one’s easier said than done, especially for people who might have an anxiety disorder. One of the best things that you can do is go to a doctor and speak with them about your anxiety. One solution includes therapy that can relieve the heavy physical symptoms that make people sick. Again, this one’s much harder to fight.

Here are a few options for relieving anxiety symptoms

  • Breathing exercises (breathe in for four seconds, hold for two, release for four seconds). Do this until you start to feel better. 
  • Use the senses – touch something, listen to something, focus on something, and smell something. This gets the mind thinking on something else, even if it’s for a short time. 
  • Know that the physical symptoms won’t kill you. Some panic attacks can feel so intense that they’re mistaken for heart attacks, but being aware that they’re panic attacks and it’s just the fight-or-flight mode will help greatly. 
  • Avoid sugar, as that can add to the anxiety. 

 

Avoid Dizziness Tip #4: Get some sleep

According to the National Library of Medicine, lack of sleep can be a factor for dizziness. This is another one that’s harder than it sounds, but not getting enough sleep can add to those dizziness and motion sickness feelings. If you’re on a plane or riding passenger in the car, then getting some rest is a great way to start feeling better. 

If dizziness is more common to you, speak with your doctor to find the root of the problem. It could be an underlying issue that hasn’t been addressed. Places like the ENT Institute have Fyzical therapy centers where they treat things like dizziness with new forms of technology to keep you balanced. 

If dizziness is more common to you, speak with your doctor to find the root of the problem. It could be an underlying issue that hasn’t been addressed. Places like the ENT Institute have Fyzical therapy centers where they treat things like dizziness with new forms of technology to keep you balanced. 

Stay safe while avoiding dizziness while traveling. It’s not always an easy task to get rid of the symptoms, but these quick remedies should get the job done.

If things persist, don’t hesitate to call the ENT Institute to schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment to get you the best care quickly.

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