Nausea, Adult

Nausea is the feeling that you have an upset stomach or have to vomit. Nausea by itself is not likely a serious concern, but it may be an early sign of more serious medical problems. As nausea gets worse, it can lead to vomiting. If vomiting develops, there is the risk of dehydration.

CAUSES

  • Viral infections.

  • Food poisoning.

  • Medicines.

  • Pregnancy.

  • Motion sickness.

  • Migraine headaches.

  • Emotional distress.

  • Severe pain from any source.

  • Alcohol intoxication.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Ask your caregiver about specific rehydration instructions.

  • Eat small amounts of food and sip liquids more often.

  • Take all medicines as told by your caregiver.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have not improved after 2 days, or you get worse.

  • You have a headache.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You faint.

  • You keep vomiting or have blood in your vomit.

  • You are extremely weak or dehydrated.

  • You have dark or bloody stools.

  • You have severe chest or abdominal pain.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.