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Nausea

Overview of Nausea

Nausea and vomiting are common signs and symptoms that can be caused by numerous conditions. Nausea and vomiting most often are due to viral gastroenteritis ? often mistakenly called stomach flu ? or the morning sickness of early pregnancy.

Many medications can cause nausea and vomiting, as can general anesthesia for surgery. Rarely, nausea and vomiting may indicate a serious or even life-threatening problem.

Home Remedies for Nausea :

  1. To a cup of water, add 10 drops of lime juice and half a teaspoon of sugar. Now, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir and drink. This effective remedy can stop nausea and vomiting immediately. Moreover, lemon juice with warm water helps in quick weight loss as it promotes digestion and increases the metabolic rate.
  2. A simple yet effective remedy that Ayurveda recommends, irrespective of your dosha type: chew 1 or two cardamom seeds, the change of taste can also help soothe the vomiting sensation. Black cardamom subdues kapha, pitta, and vata, while green cardamom stimulates pitta and soothes vata and kapha.
  3. Ginger is an effective remedy to several tummy and digestion related problems. If the vomiting is caused due to food poisoning or indigestion, mixing one teaspoon of ginger juice or freshly grated ginger pulp and one teaspoon onion juice can also help you get past that queasy feeling effectively
  4. A tea made of 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and a pinch of nutmeg steeped in a cup of hot water can also prove effective. If you drink a cup of ginger tea before you step out of your house may help you prevent vomiting and nausea, which usually happens because of motion sickness
  5. A mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and honey can also provide relief from the uneasy feeling induced by nausea. Dip your index finger into the mixture and lick it. Have the mixture slowly. Better still, prepare a mixture by blending 1 tsp each of lemon juice and mint juice and add some crushed ginger and and a few drops of honey/ Take it twice or thrice a day to obtain relief from nausea and vomiting.

When to see doctor for Nausea :

See a doctor immediately if you

  • Get chest pain, severe headache or abdominal pain
  • Have blurred vision, fainting or confusion
  • Experience dry mouth, weakness and infrequent urination

Make an appointment to see a doctor if you

  • Feel nauseated and lose your appetite for several weeks to a month
  • Unintentionally lose weight

Treatment for the Nausea

Resting, eating bland foods and avoiding strong food odours, perfume, smoke and stuffy rooms may help to reduce nausea. Taking motion sickness medication may also help to ease symptoms.

FAQ

What is nausea a sign of ?

Nausea is a common symptom that may accompany many diseases and conditions. Common causes of nausea include drug side effects, food poisoning, motion sickness, pregnancy, and drinking too much alcohol. Sometimes intense or unpleasant smells induce feelings of nausea

What is nausea and vomiting ?

Nausea is an uneasiness of the stomach that often accompanies the urge to vomit, but doesn't always lead to vomiting. Vomiting is the forcible voluntary or involuntary emptying ("throwing up") of stomach contents through the mouth

How do you get rid of nausea fast ?

  1. Drink clear or ice-cold drinks.
  2. Eat light, bland foods (such as saltine crackers or plain bread).
  3. Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods.
  4. Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  5. Do not mix hot and cold foods.
  6. Drink beverages slowly.

How Long Can nausea last ?

When the cause can be traced to spoiled food, motion sickness or a viral illness, nausea is usually short lived and should not be a cause for concern. In most cases, the queasy feeling lasts no more than minutes to a few hours and usually goes away on its own within 24 hours.

What should I eat when I have nausea ?

Eat dry foods, such as crackers, toast, dry cereals, or bread sticks, when you wake up and every few hours during the day. They provide nutrients and help settle your stomach. Eat cool foods instead of hot, spicy foods. Consider non-fat yogurt, fruit juice, sherbet, and sports drinks.

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