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Nausea, sometimes referred to as a sick stomach, is an uncomfortable feeling that can lead to vomiting. Sometimes there is a serious underlying condition that causes nausea, and other times you may have a stomach bug, nerves or are simply hungry. Whatever the cause, there are several things you can do at home to help improve your condition.
It might be impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of nausea, but having some idea can help you know how to alleviate it. Many times, nausea passes on its own, but there are also times when medical attention is necessary. If vomiting goes on for too long, for example, you can be at risk of dehydration. Some common causes of vomiting and nausea include the following:
Those with nausea may have a foul mouth odor, an upset stomach, changes in eating habits, and increased sweating, saliva and clamminess.
It’s crucial that your body maintains appropriate fluid levels when nauseated or when you are vomiting. If there are any signs of dehydration, you should see a doctor immediately. Sometimes when you are sick, it’s difficult to keep even water down so a doctor may recommend fluids introduced through an IV.
Other things to do when you are nauseated include:
There are also things you can avoid when you have nausea, such as:
If you or someone you love is vomiting, it may be necessary to seek urgent medical attention from a doctor or other medical professional. If you experience stomach pain, fever, weakness or if you don’t urinate for more than eight hours, it’s time to get help. When nausea lasts more than two days, you can’t keep any liquid or food down or you vomit three or more times in a 24-hour period, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
“When you have nausea and vomiting.” MedlinePlus.
“Managing nausea and vomiting at home.” American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/nausea-and-vomiting/nausea-and-vomiting.html
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.