Vomiting and Nausea Treatment

If you’ve ever felt a queasy feeling in your stomach and thought you might throw up, then you’ve experienced nausea. Sometimes, that feeling actually leads to vomiting. Problems in your digestive tract or nervous system can cause nausea and vomiting, or they can occur because of problems that affect your entire body such as viral or bacterial infections.

Some of the most common causes of nausea and vomiting include:

  • Motion sickness
  • Food poisoning
  • Stomach flu
  • Migraine headaches

You should contact your doctor immediately if your nausea or vomiting that lasts for 12 hours or more or if you have trouble keeping fluids down and may be dehydrated. Vomiting can be an indication of a serious condition such as appendicitis, anaphylaxis (usually in children), thyroid disorders, an intestinal obstruction, or a concussion.

If your nausea or vomiting is accompanied by dizziness, severe abdominal pain, head pain, confusion, or blurred vision, seek emergency medical attention or call 911.

The following eating tips can help you deal with nausea:

  • Avoid greasy or fatty food while you feel nauseated
  • If you have medicines to control your nausea, take them before meals as directed (consult your doctor before taking anti-nausea medication)
  • Throughout the day, eat small meals slowly
  • Eat dry foods like crackers, pretzels or toast; light, cool foods like applesauce; and bland foods like skinned chicken or oatmeal