Nausea is the feeling of wanting to vomit, or throw up. Many people describe nausea as “feeling queasy” or “sick to my stomach.”
Nausea has many causes, including:
Most nausea goes away when the cause is cleared up. Ongoing or recurring nausea could be a symptom of:
If you are experiencing nausea and vomiting, rest and try to stay hydrated. You may be able to prevent vomiting by taking slow, deep breaths.
Drink small quantities of liquids at intervals. If you can’t keep anything down, suck on chips of ice.
If you don’t have an appetite, don’t eat. Try several small meals through the day.
Avoid fatty foods, ice cream, spices, and foods that are very hot or very cold. Start with a bland diet.
See a doctor if:
Treatment for nausea and vomiting is available at Urgent Family Care in Knoxville and Sevierville, Tennessee without an appointment. Don’t hesitate to come in if you are worried because you or your child is vomiting.
Vomiting after drinking is a sign of alcohol poisoning. A person who has vomited should not consume any more alcohol. If a drinking companion is vomiting profusely, bring them to an urgent care center or emergency room right away.
Other symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:
Try to keep the person awake. Offer water, not coffee. If the person is conscious and awake, try to get them to eat something with carbohydrates. Never leave the person alone to “sleep it off”. Watch over them. Place the person on their side to prevent them from choking on their vomit.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. It is information that is generally available. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.