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Feeling sick or vomiting when you are travelling is usually caused by the up and down movement of the vehicle. It does not affect everyone and you may not suffer in all types of vehicles.
Travel or motion sickness is thought to occur when there’s a difference between what your eyes see and what your inner ears sense. The inner ear, which helps with balance, sends different signals to your brain from those your eyes are seeing, it is these confusing messages which cause you to feel unwell.
You may feel travel sick on journeys in a car, train or plane or even when you’re riding a horse. Your
symptoms may be worse if you’re reading while you’re moving. In most cases, the symptoms of travel sickness start improving as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem.
The NHS suggest the following things you can do to prevent travel sickness or relieve the symptoms.*
Minimise motion – sit in the front of a car or in the middle of a boat
Look straight ahead at a fixed point, such as the horizon
Breathe fresh air if possible – for example, by opening a car window
Close your eyes and breathe slowly while focusing on your breathing
Distract children by talking, listening to music or singing songs
Break up long journeys – get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk
Try ginger, which you can take as a tablet, biscuit or tea
If your symptoms cannot be controlled ask our pharmacist for advice.
A migraine is usually felt as a throbbing headache at the front or side of the head, the pain is more severe than that of a normal headache.
It often presents with other symptoms including disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms but for many people the main feature is a painful headache. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours.
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7% (that’s around 1 in 7 people)1. Migraine is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined1.
There are several types of migraine, including2:
• migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
• migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
• migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn’t develop
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week, other people only have migraines occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks. The symptoms will also vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks, as well as
your attacks differing in length and frequency.
Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraines can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives.
Whilst there is no cure for migraines a number of treatments are available to help ease your symptoms. Our pharmacist will help you choose the right painkiller to treat your migraine. However, you should see your GP if you have recurrent or severe migraine symptoms which cannot be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers.
If you suffer with regular migraines, ask our pharmacist for advice.
Put a spring in your step by taking your workout outdoors!
The NHS recommends that adults should aim to reach 150 minutes of physical activity throughout the course of a week to stay healthy. For any type of physical activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster and feel warmer.
Every year as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer the thought of going to a stuffy gym gets very unappealing. The good news is you can still skip the gym and get an effective total-body workout.
Here’s our top three benefits of moving your workouts outside:
Let’s get you started:
Walking is the most underrated type of outdoor physical activity. It’s perfect for people of all ages
and fitness levels and helps build cardiovascular endurance. Regular walking can help you lose
weight and become healthier. While the weather is nice, why not incorporate walking into your daily
life? Perhaps walk the kids to school in the morning or run errands at lunchtime. If you’ve got a dog
one of the best things about outdoor exercise is they can come with you so you can get an extra-long all terrain workout and make sure your dog gets outside too.
If you’re used to running on the treadmill think how many more calories you’ll burn running outside on different surfaces. Not only will you get some fresh air you can also take different and interesting routes exploring your neighbourhood. Why not join a local running club so you can socialise while you exercise.
Never mind a stationary exercise bike at the gym, think how much fun cycling outdoors in the sunshine would be? Not only is cycling an excellent cardiovascular exercise, but you can really explore your community by cycling to different neighbourhoods or in parks, bike paths, or trails. It is one of the easiest exercises to fit into your daily routine as it is also a form a transport. Why not swap the car for your bike and travel to work in style? It’ll save you money and keep you fit.
If a team sport is more your kind of exercise why not get a few friends together and utilise the courts in your local parks and neighbourhoods? Whether it’s basketball or a double tennis match, cricket or just plain old 5 aside football. There’s something for everyone.
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