What is nausea?

When you feel unsettled in the stomach, with an urge to vomit, you are experiencing the sickening feeling of nausea It’s a symptom of many conditions, including food poisoning, morning sickness, severe headaches, infection, and more. It can also be a side effect of medicines, including some cancer treatments.

Because it’s a symptom and not an illness, the key is to discover the cause of your nausea when you experience it. Treating the underlying cause of the nausea is the most effective way to resolve the unpleasant symptom. Unless nausea and vomiting are severe, you can often treat the underlying illness at home under the direction of your doctor. At-home strategies for nausea relief include eating small, dry meals and only drinking fluids between meals, drinking ginger tea or sucking on ginger candy, and taking over-the-counter medicines.

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