Why Am I Nauseated?

Why Am I Nauseated?

Mar 01, 2020

Nausea is not a disease in itself but a symptom of an underlying disease. You see just like a runny nose is a sign of common cold or allergies, nausea suggests that something is wrong with your body. Feeling nauseated usually precede vomiting, but it is possible to have nausea without vomiting.

Although pregnancy and bad food are the primary causes of nausea, there are other surprising causes such as:

  1. Stress 

When the body is under extreme stress, it goes into fight or flight mode which increases the production of adrenaline or cortisol hormones. Your gastrointestinal tract may respond to this by causing a queasy feeling. Anxiety stress is the ‘butterflies’ you feel when you are about to engage in a strenuous activity such a public speaking. But, this feeling passes in a short time after you relax and get comfortable.

However, there are times when the anxiety may make you sick making the stomach churn. This can cause you to have dry vomiting or frequent visits to the bathroom.

You can reduce the effects of anxiety-related nausea by learning how to cope with anxiety.

  1. Migraines 

Migraines are hard enough and when you add nausea on top of that, the feeling can be unbearable. The reason why migraines causes nausea is not known but is believed that it’s because of the dizziness and blurry vision.

Although sometimes migraines can’t be avoided, you can reduce the impact of drinking water and chewing ginger. Additionally, eschew things that might cause migraines such as hormonal changes, stress, under-eating, sleep disturbances, and alcohol.

If you have frequent migraines, you may need to visit urgent care in Baytown for an assessment of the root cause.

  1. Hunger 

Extreme hunger can cause nausea too. The body produces hydrochloric acid for the breakdown of food. When you don’t eat over an extended time, the HCL will fill the stomach causing acid reflux and nausea.

The solution for this is to eat, but don’t overdo as eating too much can cause stomach upset.

  1. Overeating 

Did you know eating too much may be problematic to your health? Similar to extreme hunger, you may also get nausea and vomiting when you eat too much. Overeating causes heartburn and acid reflux where the stomach contents flow back to the stomach thereby creating a burning sensation and nausea.

  1. Motion sickness 

Motion sickness occurs when you are traveling by road, air, or sea., and it is a feeling of wooziness. When you are traveling, your body may send mixed messages to the brain causing stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, cold sweat, and lightheadedness.

  1. Certain medications

Most of the side effects of pain-relieving or Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs is nausea. These medications irritate your stomach lining causing nausea and diarrhea. Furthermore, some supplements may cause constipation and other gastrointestinal discomforts.

When is Nausea an Emergency?

Ideally, nausea clears up by itself, however, it sometimes can be a medical emergency. Visit our patient ER in Baytown if you experience chest pain, headaches, jaw pain, and sweating or other heart attack symptoms.

You should also seek urgent medical care when you have nausea coupled with a stiff neck, difficulty breathing and confusion, or if you suspect pregnancy.

When it comes to children, seek emergency treatment if nausea and vomiting have lasted for a few hours to prevent dehydration.

How Can You Treat Nausea at Home?

Treatment of nausea is standard regardless of the age and it includes:

  • Drink enough water
  • Avoid eating greasy and fatty solid food until nausea has passed
  • Eating crackers can also help with nausea and morning sickness
  • If vomiting and diarrhea are present, taking oral rehydration salts can help prevent dehydration

Nausea can also be prevented with these tips:

  • Eat small frequent meals slowly
  • Don’t lie down immediately after eating food
  • Drink water or fluids in between meals and not with meals
  • Eat less when you are nauseated

Take Away

Nausea is not a disease but rather a symptom of several conditions and situations. Addressing the root cause can help reduce the effects of nausea. However, if you feel nauseated for a few days, visit us at Altus Emergency Center in Baytown for urgent medical care.

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