Feeling nauseous or upset stomach
Feeling nauseous or upset stomach
Nausea or stomach discomfort can occur for a number of reasons. In most cases, nausea can be relieved with some home remedies.
If there are any other symptoms along with the nausea, they can give an idea about the cause of the nausea. But sometimes there may be only nausea, without any other symptoms.
Here are some other symptoms that can accompany nausea and their possible causes:
|Other symptoms include nausea||probable cause|
|Diarrhea or vomiting||Food poisoning|
|Headache and fever||Flu or any similar infection|
|Heartburn or flatulence after eating||Acid reflux (stomach acid coming up through the oesophagus), also known as ‘gas problems’|
|Headache and sensitivity to intense light and sound||Migraine|
|head turning||Labyrinthitis or vertigo|
Other causes of nausea
- Morning sickness during pregnancy causes nausea
- Motion sickness can cause nausea while in a moving vehicle
- This can often happen in an anxious state
- Drinking alcohol can cause nausea
- Many people experience nausea after taking the medicine
- Patients who have recently undergone surgery may experience nausea at times
There’s no reason to worry if you can’t figure out exactly what’s causing the nausea. Try some of the remedies that usually relieve nausea If it still doesn’t feel better or the nausea doesn’t go away after a few days, see a doctor
Ways to relieve nausea
Things you can do to relieve nausea:
- You can breathe in open air or fresh air
- You can try to focus on other side. For example: listening to music, reading a book or watching a movie.
- You can take a glass of cold water and sip it every now and then. For many people, drinking Coke, Fanta, or similar soft drinks relieves nausea.
- You can have tea with ginger or mint/peppermint.
- You can eat foods that have good amount of ginger. For example: ginger biscuits are available in the market, some ginger flavored drinks are also available
- Eating large amounts of food at once should be avoided. Instead, frequent and smaller meals can be eaten.
Which should be avoided
- Nausea: Cooking or eating very strong smelling food can aggravate the nausea. So they should be avoided.
- Avoid eating very hot, fried or oily food.
- You should practice eating slowly while eating. Can’t be rushed.
- Do not drink too much water or drink with or after eating.
- Eating food should not be just lying down.
- Wearing clothes that are tight around the abdomen or tight pants/pajamas can cause discomfort and nausea. So if you have this problem you should avoid wearing such clothes.
Be careful if nausea is accompanied by vomiting. Because if you vomit too much, you can get dehydrated due to the loss of water from the body. You can make food saline and drink it at home to prevent dehydration.
Read: Rules for making food saline
When to go to the doctor?
Usually, nausea or similar problems will go away on their own after a while However, in some cases it may be necessary to consult a doctor—
- If this problem persists for a few days and does not resolve on its own.
- If such problems occur regularly or frequently.
The doctor will diagnose the cause of the problem and provide the necessary treatment.
Anti-emetics (eg Omidon) are often prescribed as treatment.
When to go to the hospital on an emergency basis?
If nausea occurs suddenly and also—
- Pain in the chest occurs in such a way that it feels as if something is pressing on the chest or the chest is heavy.
- If the chest pain spreads to the arms, back, throat, neck or jaw.
- If choking or difficulty breathing.
These can be symptoms of a heart attack. So you should go to the hospital or doctor as soon as possible without delay