Nausea Guide: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention and When to Seek Help


Nausea is the feeling of unease and discomfort in the stomach, chest and back of the throat that can lead to an urge to vomit. Nausea is pretty common and usually goes away on its own. It is rarely serious, though very unpleasant, especially when it becomes chronic. It often goes hand in hand with vomiting, but not always; vomiting is almost always preceded by nausea, but you can be nauseous without throwing up.

It is a non-specific symptom which can occur in many different circumstances.

In this article we’ll take a look at what may be the cause of nausea and what remedies exist to help relieve this feeling.

Nausea symptoms

Nausea is not painful but can be extremely unpleasant. It’s a subjective sensation from the upper digestive tract, associated with the urge to vomit.

The symptoms of nausea are very clear and easily recognizable. Apart from vomiting and dizziness they can include:

  • Excessive sweating;
  • Chills;
  • Increased salivation;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Abdominal cramps;
  • Fever;
  • Bloating (especially during gastroenteritis);
  • Weakness and general fatigue;
  • Loss of appetite.

Duration of symptoms

It really depends on the cause, but generally it can last between a few minutes to several days at a time.

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