Nausea and Vomiting

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms of an underlying illness and not a specific disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the causes of nausea and vomiting and things you can do to feel better in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nausea and vomiting are common when you are sick. They also can be side effects of certain medicines. Some people have nausea and vomiting after surgery. Many pregnant women have nausea and vomiting in the first three months of pregnancy.

Here are some other common causes of nausea and vomiting:

Gastroenteritis, or stomach flu

Migraine headaches

Motion sickness

Cancer treatments

Food poisoning

Dehydration can make nausea and vomiting worse. Drink small amounts of sports drinks or water often to keep from getting dehydrated. Eat foods that contain a lot of water, like soup or a gelatin dessert.

If you can eat solid food without vomiting, stick to bland foods such as crackers and noodles. Do not drink anything that is carbonated or has caffeine in it.

Always call your doctor if you are taking care of a young child or elderly person with nausea and vomiting, or if you are an elderly person with nausea and vomiting.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.