Nausea is a very common complaint and almost everyone experiences this sometime in their life. It is an experience that occurs with the feeling that you are about to vomit. When you are nauseated you may feel weak, sweaty and have too much saliva in your mouth. You may even vomit. Pregnancy, illness and motion sickness are among the long list of conditions that may cause nausea.
Nausea and vomiting are usually completely normal reactions but may also signal an underlying serious condition. They are often your body’s response to foreign substances or irritants. Your brain may signal the urge to vomit if you eat contaminated food or contract a stomach virus.
COMMON CAUSES OF NAUSEA
Nausea is often associated with distaste for food or an urge to vomit. People with nausea may also feel the urge to retch. This occurs when your chest and abdominal muscles contract without your control.
Some of the common conditions that may present with nausea (with or without vomiting) include:
WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY CARE
Quite often nausea will not require urgent medical attention. The problems are usually short-lived, lasting just a few minutes to several hours and subsiding on its own within 24 hours. Seek immediate attention if you have any of the following:
TIPS TO MAKE RECOVERY BRISK AND SMOOTH
Dear reader, next time you experience that uncomfortable feeling in the chest, stomach or back of the throat, remember that it may stop us suddenly as it started but never ignore it if it is associated with major warning signs.
AS ALWAYS LAUGH OFTEN, WALK AND PRAY EVERYDAY AND REMEMBER IT’S A PRICELESS GIFT TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (blood sugar, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI)
*Dr Essel is a medical doctor, holds an MBA and is ISSA certified in exercise therapy and fitness nutrition.
Thought for the week – “Your Health is Your Responsibility – Take Control.”