When it comes to nausea, the usual culprit is indigestion or an upset stomach. But did you know that there are other causes of nausea that you should be aware of? In this blog, we’ll discuss some causes of nausea you may not have heard of and how to ease your discomfort.
It can be helpful to consider the context in which you are feeling nauseous. Does it happen after eating certain meals or foods? Are you pregnant or could be pregnant? Are you experiencing stress, anxiety or fatigue? Answering these questions can help you identify the cause of your nausea.
One potential cause of nausea is gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu. This is caused by a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and is usually marked by vomiting and diarrhea. It’s not uncommon to experience nausea with gastroenteritis. It’s important to keep hydrated with electrolyte-rich liquids, rest, and take over the counter medications to help relieve your symptoms.
Motion sickness or car sickness can also cause nausea. This is usually triggered when you’re in a moving vehicle and your body senses movement while your eyes are fixed on something else. You might be able to prevent motion sickness by looking out the window of a car, plane, or boat while traveling and avoiding books or close work.
Pregnancy can also cause nausea, typically during the first trimester. Morning sickness is common during this time and usually disappears after the first trimester. Eating small, frequent meals and avoiding trigger foods can help in dealing with nausea during pregnancy.
Finally, certain medications may also cause nausea. If you’ve recently started taking any medication for a condition you have, talk to your doctor about any side effects you are experiencing, especially nausea. Your doctor will be able to recommend alternative medications or other treatments.
Nausea can be difficult to deal with, but understanding the potential causes of it can help you find relief from your symptoms. Knowing what to look for can also help you tackle the problem head-on so that you can get back to your life as quickly as possible.