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Mayo Clin Proc. 2003 May;78(5):574-8.

Effect of breathing supplemental oxygen on motion sickness in healthy adults.

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Academic Department of Neuro-Otology, Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital, United Kingdom.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the effects of breathing supplemental oxygen vs air on alleviating motion sickness in healthy adults.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Between April and July 2002, 20 healthy subjects were exposed to a provocative motion on 2 occasions (1-week interval) according to a randomized, counterbalanced, crossover design. During motion, subjects rated their nausea (1, no symptoms, to 4, moderate nausea) every 30 seconds. Once mild nausea occurred, subjects began breathing supplemental oxygen or air through a face mask. Motion ceased when moderate nausea occurred, but subjects continued breathing study gases for 5 minutes while recovering. Recovery was assessed for 20 minutes after motion.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences in the rate of increase in symptom severity or the rate of recovery between the 2 conditions.

CONCLUSION:

Breathing supplemental oxygen had no advantage over breathing air in reducing motion sickness in healthy adults.

PMID:
12744544
DOI:
10.4065/78.5.574
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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