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What is Nausea?


Treatments for Nausea

Although nausea usually resolves itself, if symptoms persist for several days or are severe, speak with your doctor.

  • Pepto-Bismol: This over-the-counter treatment can help treat nausea, but should not be given to children. It should also not be given to any teenagers who may have, or have recently had, chickenpox or the flu.

Home Remedies for Nausea

  • Drink water: Vomiting causes your body to lose a lot of fluids, increasing your likelihood of becoming dehydrated. Staying hydrated is an essential step in recovering. If you begin to have symptoms of dehydration such as extreme thirst, weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness when you stand, call your doctor. To ensure you don’t worsen the feeling of nausea, don’t drink too much at once.
  • Lying down: Particularly if caused by motion sickness, taking the time to rest and close your eyes can help reduce nausea.
  • Avoid solid foods: If you are vomiting, try to avoid solid foods until you have not vomited for six hours or more. Then, slowly increase your solid food intake.

How to Prevent Nausea

  • Get a flu shot: Getting a flu shot can help decrease the likelihood of getting influenza, a common cause of nausea. 


Katherine Solem is a health writer and editor living in San Francisco. 

Published: July 29, 2011

See Also:

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