Nausea is basically a constant feeling of vomiting or throwing up. Vomiting is a condition that is characterized as an uncontrollable reflex to expel out the contents of your stomach through your mouth. Indigestion, emotional stress, food poisoning, exposure to chemical toxins or motion sickness as well as certain treatment procedures can cause nausea.
HOW IS NAUSEA DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will ask for details of medical history and symptoms. The diagnostic tests may be performed:
• Blood tests (such as CBC with differential, blood electrolyte levels, and liver function tests)
• X-rays of the abdomen
HOW IS NAUSEA TREATED?
Nausea does not always require treatment, but sometimes treatment is helpful. There are several things one can do to help, including:
• Drink beverages that settle the stomach, such as ginger ale or chamomile tea.
• Avoid caffeinated colas, coffees and teas.
• Drink clear liquids to avoid dehydration (if vomiting is associated with nausea).
• Eat small, frequent meals to allow the stomach to digest foods gradually.
• Eat foods that are bland and simple for your stomach to digest, such as crackers or unbuttered bread, rice, chicken soup and bananas.
• Avoid spicy foods and fried foods.
• over-the-counter medications
DID YOU KNOW?
Nausea can be experienced by children and adults and is a very common symptom of pregnancy.