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Carsickness And Seasickness

( Originally Published 1940 )

ALTHOUGH the causes of carsickness and seasickness are not definitely known, many things can be done to make a trip bearable to those who are sensitive to the motion of a car or the pitch of a ship. On the day before the trip, the diet should be simple and moderate. No alcohol should be drunk. Cocktail parties on the eve of departure should be avoided. If the bowels have not moved, an enema should be taken.

On the ship, avoid conversations about seasickness, and particularly avoid your fellow passengers' favorite remedy, which is as likely as not to be alcoholic drinks. Be sure your room is well ventilated and try to keep away from the vicinity of the kitchen and kitchen odors. During the first two days out, a spare diet will be more easily borne. If nausea sets in, it is important to eat some food. Some persons find that ice-cold tomato juice or fruit juice can be tolerated. Iced Vichy or ginger ale may also be tried. Saltines and very hot clear broth or consommé may be tolerated more easily than any other food.

Try to get a room as near the middle of the ship as possible, and sleep with the feet toward the bow of the ship so as to diminish the effect of pitching. On deck, get a chair near amidships also, and sit with your back to the rail and out of the glare of the sun. Wear sun-glasses if necessary.

Some people have found that an abdominal binder will prevent a severe attack of carsickness or seasickness. Most of the drugs advertised for carsickness and seasickness contain chlorbutanol (chloretone). This drug frequently acts as a depressant, and for this reason many physicians advise against its use. If the seasickness is very bad, the ship's surgeon may be able to give some relief with other drugs, such as atropine sulphate, sodium nitrite, hyoscine hydrobromide, and a recently introduced drug—amphetamine (Benzedrine) sulphate. None of these drugs should be taken without a physician's supervision.

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