What is Nausea and Vomiting?
Nausea and vomiting are symptoms associated with numerous conditions such as overeating, infection, illness, concussion and much more. Nausea is described as a queasiness of the stomach that often happens with the urge to vomit. Vomiting is the emptying of the stomach contents through the mouth.
The causes of both nausea and vomiting are often related, and may include:
- Intense pain.
- Emotional stress.
- Motion sickness.
- Early pregnancy
- Food poisoning.
- Gallbladder disease.
- And much more.
In some cases, nausea and vomiting may be signs of a more serious condition. If your symptoms are accompanied by a severe headache, chest pain, blurred vision, high fever and stiff neck, dehydration or if your vomit contains blood, seek medical help right away. This rule also applies if your child under 6 years old experiences vomiting for more than a few hours, shows signs of dehydration or has a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Treatment Options for Nausea and Vomiting
If you are experiencing regular bouts of nausea or have experienced vomiting that has lasted more than two days, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Treatment will depend on the exact cause of your symptoms, however, the general treatment for nausea and vomiting may be similar to the following:
Treatment for Nausea
Your doctor may recommend that you keep hydrated by drinking clear liquids, stick to eating bland foods, eat slowly and more frequently and avoid activity after eating.
Treatment for Vomiting
If you are vomiting it is important to stay hydrated to prevent dehydration; drinking small amounts of clear liquids can help to achieve this. You should also avoid eating solid food until the vomiting has stopped, and well as rest regularly. Also, call your doctor’s office to ask about temporarily discontinuing oral medications, as these may irritate the stomach or make vomiting worse.
Tips to Prevent Nausea and Vomiting
In some cases, there are some tips to help prevent nausea and vomiting from occurring. Eating small meals throughout the day, avoiding foods that are difficult to digest, eating slowly and resting after you eat can all help to impede nausea. If you are already nauseated and are trying to prevent vomiting, try drinking small amounts of clear, sweetened liquids such as fruit juice or rest in a sitting or propped-up position. If you experience nausea first thing when waking in the morning, nibbling on some crackers before getting out of bed or having a small high protein snack before going to bed may be helpful.
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