Vertigo – Do I Have To Give Up Air Travel

I meet many interesting people while traveling. For both business and personal reasons I travel a lot. As I was always eager to speak to new people, i will someway start a conversation that had lead to many interesting information’s.

A common topic of discussion that comes up is vertigo. I have heard from many people who say that travel (both air and car) either causes their vertigo or that it makes it worse.

What does vertigo mean? It means spinning or whirling that is due to the disturbance in the balance of equilibrium. Vertigo is not considered as a disease, it’s a mere symptom. There are no certain conditions that cause vertigo and the cause is not always known.

One of vertigo’s symptom is dizziness. But it do not mean that everyone with dizziness has vertigo. The major cause of vertigo is because of a disorder in vestibular system. It can also be due to some problem with the central vestibular system.

Thanks to the Alfred Hitchcock classic, many people confuse vertigo with a fear of heights. This probably happened because symptoms of this phobia and vertigo can be the same – dizziness and nausea. Interestingly, though, most people with a fear of heights have no problem flying.

BPPV is the most common form of vertigo among all the vertigos. The impact of this kind of vertigo will for some minutes. The major cause of this vertigo is due to sudden head movements.

Nystagmus (shaking of the eye), nausea, vomiting and sweating are some of the symptoms. After some months the attack can either stop or increase. In some rare cases the attack will be for longer time. Your physician is the best person to advice you on vertigo, he may teach you some neck exercises to avoid vertigo.

Many people who suffer vertigo do not suffer from travel, but they suffer from the way they keep the position of their head. And this what triggers the symptoms.

Alcohol should be avoided when you fly or drive. Vertigo can temporarily triggered by alcohol.

Although not as common, psychogenic vertigo is vertigo caused by a psychological disorder such as anxiety or panic disorder. If suffering from this disorder, traveling could initiate or make symptoms worse.

he motion of travel can affect the parts of the inner ear that help control balance. This happens most when traveling by boat but can by auto and plane travel.

Just like vertigo the symptoms are pretty quick. The symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headache, cold sweats, hyperventilation (which could lead to faintness) and usually vomiting.

No Smoking, no drinking, not reading while traveling and getting some fresh air will prevent motion sickness.

There are several drugs available to treat motion sickness, even over the counter; however, they all cause drowsiness and in children and infants can cause agitation.


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