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Nausea

Nausea

Overview of Nausea

Nausea is the sensation of an urge to vomit. Nausea can be acute and short-lived, or it can be prolonged. When prolonged, it can affect your quality of life. It might be caused by things in your brain or body, including problems with the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

What is Nausea

There are many causes of nausea. It can be caused by stress, anxiety, infections, motion sickness, or any number of other conditions. Usually temporary and occasional nausea is benign but you should get it checked out if it lasts or becomes more severe. Nausea makes you feel like you want to vomit. Sometimes, people with nausea do vomit, but not always.

This is an article on what causes nausea and how to reduce/avoid it. We'll start off with a list of 12 common triggers, as well as some less-mentioned conditions that might be worth looking into. It's important to understand the cause of nausea in order to know how to best deal with it.

What are the symptoms?

Nausea is an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach that can lead to vomiting. It can be caused by many things, including motion sickness, pregnancy, and certain medications. The symptoms of nausea can vary from mild to severe.

Mild symptoms of nausea may include:

  • Feeling queasy or lightheaded: If you're feeling queasy or lightheaded, it's likely that you're experiencing nausea. Nausea is a common symptom that can be caused by a variety of factors, including pregnancy, indigestion, motion sickness, and anxiety. While nausea is usually not a serious condition, it can be debilitating and cause you to miss out on important activities.
  • Stomach growling or rumbling: Stomach growling or rumbling is a common symptom of nausea. It may be caused by an empty stomach, stomach gas, or indigestion. Growling stomach sounds are usually harmless and do not require treatment. However, if the growling is accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain or vomiting, it may be a sign of a more serious condition and should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
  • An urge to vomit: If you're experiencing nausea, it's likely that you also have the urge to vomit. This is one of the most common symptoms of nausea and is usually caused by your body's response to an irritant, such as a virus or bacteria. In some cases, the urge to vomit may also be caused by a food intolerance or sensitivity. If you're vomiting frequently or unable to keep any food down, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Increased saliva production: If you're experiencing nausea, one symptom you may notice is increased saliva production. This is because your body is trying to get rid of the nauseous feeling by getting rid of the stomach contents that are causing it. You may also notice that you're swallowing more often than usual.

Causes of Nausea

There are many potential causes of nausea, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause in some cases. However, some common causes of nausea include:

  • Indigestion or an upset stomach
  • Eating too much or too quickly
  • Motion sickness
  • Pregnancy
  • Emotional stress or anxiety
  • Certain medications or medical conditions

Treatment for Nausea

There are many different treatments for nausea, depending on the cause. If you have nausea from a virus, such as the stomach flu, there is not much you can do other than let it run its course. You can try drinking clear fluids and eat small amounts of bland food to help with the symptoms.

If you have nausea from pregnancy, there are some things you can do to help. Eating small meals throughout the day instead of large ones can help. Avoiding spicy or fatty foods can also help. Drinking ginger ale or eating fresh ginger can help with nausea from pregnancy.

If you have nausea from chemotherapy, your doctor will likely prescribe medication to help. There are also anti-nausea drugs that are available over-the-counter. Ginger ale or ginger snaps may also help with chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Acupressure bands worn around the wrist are sometimes helpful in relieving nausea. Peppermint oil applied to the forehead or temples can also be helpful.

Conclusion

Nausea is a very common symptom, and it can be caused by a variety of things. If you're feeling nauseated, it's important to try to identify the cause so that you can treat it appropriately. Sometimes nausea goes away on its own, but other times it might require medication or other treatment. If you're unsure what's causing your nausea or how to treat it, be sure to talk to your doctor.

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