Emesis; Vomiting; Stomach upset; Upset stomach; Queasiness
Nausea is feeling an urge to vomit. It is often called "being sick to your stomach."
Vomiting or throwing-up forces the contents of the stomach up through the food pipe (esophagus) and out of the mouth.
Common problems that may cause nausea and vomiting include:
Nausea and vomiting may also be early warning signs of more serious medical problems, such as:
Once your health care provider finds the cause, you will want to know how to treat your nausea or vomiting.
You may need to:
If you have morning sickness during pregnancy, ask your provider about possible treatments.
The following may help treat motion sickness:
Call 911 or the local emergency number or go to an emergency room if you:
Call a provider right away or seek medical care if you or another person has:
Signs of dehydration include:
Your provider will perform a physical exam and will look for signs of dehydration.
Your provider will ask questions about your symptoms, such as:
Other questions you may be asked include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Depending on the cause and how much extra fluids you need, you may have to stay in the hospital or clinic for a period of time. You may need fluids given through your veins (intravenous or IV).
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Review Date: 8/7/2023
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