Nausea is a feeling of discomfort in the upper stomach, often accompanied by the urge to vomit. Nausea can be caused by many factors, including:
- Motion sickness
- Food poisoning or contaminated food
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as indigestion or an upset stomach
- Migraines or headaches
- Certain medications, including chemotherapy drugs
- Emotional stress or anxiety
- Viral or bacterial infections
Treatment for nausea depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, simple home remedies, such as drinking clear fluids, eating small, bland meals, and avoiding triggers, such as strong odors or certain foods, may be effective. In other cases, over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as antiemetics or antacids, may be necessary to manage symptoms.
If nausea is persistent or accompanied by other symptoms, such as abdominal pain, fever, or vomiting, it is important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In some cases, nausea can be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition, such as appendicitis or a gastrointestinal obstruction, and prompt medical attention is necessary.