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.
Vomiting in adults is usually not a sign of anything serious and usually improves within 48 hours (two days) and may have completely gone within three days.
Rarely, nausea and vomiting may indicate a serious or even life-threatening problem.
If you are feeling sick (nauseas) you may find the below actions help in relieving you.
- get plenty of fresh air
- distract yourself – for example, listen to music or watch a film
- take sips of a cold drink – some people find fizzy drinks best
- drink ginger or peppermint tea
- eat foods containing ginger – such as ginger biscuits
- eat smaller, more frequent meals
Ideas that may help when you have been vomiting:
- If you have been vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Try drinks such as lemonade, ginger ale, clear juice, soda water or oral rehydration solutions such as Hydralyte™ or Gastrolyte™. You could also try sucking on ice blocks or icy poles
- Begin eating again slowly. Take sips of fluids. Then, increase to dry foods and a normal, balanced diet as tolerated
If nausea and vomiting persist, speak with a GP.
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