Nausea and Vomiting,Age 4 and Older - Topic Overview
Nausea is a sick feeling in the pit of your
stomach. When you are nauseated, you may feel weak and sweaty and have too much
saliva in your mouth. You may even vomit. This forces your stomach contents up
your esophagus and out of your mouth. Most of the time,
nausea and vomiting are not serious. Home treatment will often help you feel
Nausea and vomiting can be a symptom of another illness.
Nausea and vomiting may be caused by:
- Illness caused by a virus, such as viral stomach
- Food poisoning.
- Stress, nervousness, or a
mental health problem, such as
depression or an
- Medicines, such as
antibiotics, birth control pills, or heart medicines.
"Morning sickness" may be one of your first
- Problems with abdominal organs.
- Migraine headache.
- Heart attack.
- Head injury.
or drug abuse or withdrawal.
disorders, such as
- Disorders of the inner ear, such
M�ni�re's disease, or motion sickness.
side effect of
Nausea or vomiting also may be a symptom of a problem or a
disease, such as:
Nausea and vomiting can quickly cause
dehydration. Older adults have an increased chance of
becoming dehydrated, because they may:
- Not drink because they do not feel as thirsty as
- Have kidneys that do not work
- Choose to not drink because of the inability to control their
- Have physical problems or a
disease which makes it:
- Hard to drink or hold a glass.
- Painful to get up from a chair.
- Painful or exhausting
to go to the bathroom.
- Hard to talk or communicate to someone
about their symptoms.
- Take medicines that increase urine output.
- Not have enough money to adequately feed themselves.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you
should see a doctor.