What is Nausea
Nausea is a common problem that occurs when your stomach feels uneasy. Various unwanted issues are associate with nausea: vomiting, motion sickness and travel sickness are a few different reactions to this problem. It is often caused by a stomach bug, but can also be a result of anxiety.
There are various treatments available to treat nausea, such as tablets and liquid medicines. Many of these do not require a prescription from a doctor.
The symptoms of nausea are not always painful, but they do cause a great deal of discomfort, mostly in the stomach, chest, upper abdomen and the back of the throat.
Common symptoms associated with nausea include:
- Feeling sick
- Stomach pain
- Feeling light-headed
Treatments for Nausea
There are numerous ways you can treat feeling sick at home. Opening windows or taking a walk outside to get fresh air can help. Also, taking small sips of water will help to calm your stomach and keep you hydrated.
Some people find that ginger products and teas containing peppermint can help to get rid of the feeling of nausea.
Another trick is to simply distract yourself. The less you focus on feeling sick, the better you may feel. You should visit a GP if your feeling of nausea lasts for longer than a few days, or is recurring. This is to ensure the illness is not being caused by underlying health problems.
If you feel your nausea worsen, you can try and avoid being sick by resting in a sitting position. Avoid moving too much as this may lead to being sick. Also, try to avoid sitting in a car for a long period of time as the motion can cause nausea.
If you experience nausea at the same time as a tight or heavy chest, pain spreading across your torso, or shortness of breath, contact 999 immediately. These are all common symptoms of a heart attack.
How to avoid severe nausea
Severe bouts of nausea can last for days, and may also be accompanied by migraines or diarrhoea.
More serious cases of illness are generally caused by food poisoning and viruses. Both of these causes of severe nausea are avoidable by practising proper hygiene with food preparation and cleanliness.
You should always wash your hands after using the toilet, and before preparing food. It is also important to make sure you are aware of ‘use-by’ dates, and store leftover food safely to avoid bacteria multiplying.
If you are travelling, be cautious of street food and local water. Generally, it is advised to avoid drinking local water. Although you cannot be sure of the hygiene standards of a restaurant, a safe guide is to always ensure all food is thoroughly hot before eating.
Anti nausea medicine over the counter
Medicine to treat sickness can be bought over the counter at pharmacies without a prescription. Various tablets and liquid medicines are available. Many anti-nausea medicines contain bismuth subsalicylate, which protects and calms your stomach lining. Common branded examples of this ingredient are pepto-bismol and kaopectate.
Other OTC nausea medicines work by blocking neuron messages reaching the part of the brain which is responsible for creating sickness. Examples of this medicine include Dramamine and Bonine.
If you are experiencing stomach cramping as well as sickness, a pharmacist may also recommend using paracetamol. Before buying any medicine from a pharmacy, ensure you inform them of any other symptoms, medical conditions or medication you may be already taking.
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