Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms for a number of health problems. In some cases, nausea subsides on its own, but in other cases, it may need to be treated or monitored by a doctor. Explore the potential causes of nausea and how you can get relief from the discomfort with the help of a gastroenterologist.
What Is Nausea?
Nausea is the strong feeling that you want to expel something from your gastric system. It starts in the pit of your stomach—a woozy feeling that soon goes to your head. You then have a strong urge to vomit whatever is in your stomach. Vomiting is an involuntary action—a contraction of muscles in your abdomen that you can’t control. Nausea and vomiting are sometimes accompanied by headache, fever, heartburn, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
There are a number of possible reasons why you may feel nauseous. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Food poisoning
- Pregnancy (“morning sickness” in the first trimester)
- A stomach “bug” or the flu
- Hangover from drinking alcohol
- Vertigo or motion sickness
- Consuming too much food at once (stomach too full)
- Gastrointestinal problems, including gastroenteritis, gastroparesis, or ingestion of something toxic
Relief from Nausea
Nausea often goes away on its own. The strong urge to vomit may come back again and again in a short period of time, but in many cases it will go away after expelling whatever is in the stomach that is causing the feeling of nausea. In other cases, you may have to seek treatment by a gastroenterologist to see if there is a more serious underlying condition. Your GI doctor may take X-rays or perform an endoscopy test to see if there is an issue in your digestive system that needs treatment.
When to See a Doctor for Nausea
If your nausea gets worse or becomes more frequent, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see a gastroenterologist for an urgent appointment immediately. Call (212) 599-7910 to schedule a visit with San Diego Gastroenterology Medical Associates in San Diego, CA gastroenterology and hepatology practice.