Nausea is a feeling of discomfort in your stomach. It often leads to vomiting. Nausea is a common condition and is not usually serious.

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What are causes of nausea?

Nausea and vomiting are normal symptoms of many different conditions. Examples include:

  • Early pregnancy
  • Infections
  • Food poisoning
  • Motion sickness
  • Migraine headaches
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Heart attack
  • Heartburn

Cancer chemotherapy, certain medicines and diet can also bring on nausea. Nausea after eating may be a sign of gallbladder disease, bacterial infection or an ulcer. A healthcare provider can help determine the reason for your nausea and rule out serious causes.

What are treatments for nausea?

In most cases, you don’t need to see a healthcare provider if you experience nausea and vomiting. Contact a healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms with your nausea:

  • Vomiting for more than 24 hours
  • Inability to keep down liquids
  • Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, infrequent urination, dark urine or dizziness

Call 911 if your nausea is combined with heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain, headache, jaw pain, sweating or pain in your left arm. See a healthcare provider immediately if you experience severe abdominal pain, headache and stiff neck or blood in vomit.

What are home remedies for nausea?

Follow these at-home tips for nausea relief:

  • Avoid solid foods until the vomiting has stopped for at least six hours
  • Drink small amounts of clear liquid to avoid dehydration
  • When you start eating again, choose bland foods
  • Get plenty of rest

If you need help understanding what’s causing your nausea or managing your symptoms, CareNow® urgent care can help. Locate the nearest CareNow® urgent care clinic to set up a visit.

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