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Understanding Nausea and Vomiting -- Treatment

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What Is Causing My Nausea and Vomiting?

It's often hard to tell why you are nauseous or vomiting. A health care provider will likely be able to find out what is happening to you. He or she will ask about the severity and timing of your symptoms and perform a physical exam. Blood and/or urine tests and/or an abdominal X-ray may be taken to determine the cause of your nausea and vomiting.

What Are the Treatments for Nausea and Vomiting?

Home treatments can help relieve nausea. 

  • Drink clear, cold water. 
  • Eat only light, bland foods -- start with crackers or plain bread. If your nausea is chronic, you'll need to find a variety of vegetables and proteins that don't upset your stomach to maintain proper nutrition. 
  • Stay away from fried or greasy foods. 
  • Steer clear of sweets. 
  • Eat small meals and eat them slowly. 
  • Rest a while after eating with your head elevated.

Home treatments can also help with vomiting. As you are able to do so, drink a little water. If you keep it down, drink more in gradually increasing amounts. 

After determining the cause of nausea and vomiting, there are prescription drugs that your doctor can give you if the symptoms are not getting better on their own.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on March 17, 2014

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