Abnormal color of skin, especially the face

This loss of color is temporary and is caused by a reduced blood flow to the face and is similar to being in shock, being sick or anaemic. Once the motion sickness ends the color returns to normal.

Feeling cold and clammy

Motion sickness causes reduced blood flow and this in turn reduces the body temperature making the sufferer feel cold and clammy.

Feeling Giddy and Faint

Not everyone who suffers from motion sickness feels giddy or faint but a lot still suffer from this symptom.

Feeling of Nausea

This is the main symptom of motion sickness and is caused by conflicting messages in the nausea center in the brain. (for a fuller explanation and other causes see the next page) Many who suffer from motion sickness get the first three or four of the symptoms listed here and it makes their trip miserable but not as bad as those who start to vomit.


This mechanism is usually for getting rid of bad food from the stomach, but in the case of motion sickness there is usually no bad food in the stomach, therefore after vomiting there is not the usual relief and the suffer still feels sick and miserable.

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