Nausea & Vomiting



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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