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How to Stop Nausea

Nausea can be an extremely uncomfortable sensation that can be triggered by a variety of causes including viruses, certain medications, travel, pregnancy, chronic indigestion, and any number of disease states. The most important thing to do before treating nausea is to determine the cause. Nausea can be a sign of serious illness particularly when it includes symptoms of vomiting, high fever, or abdominal pain. If you have any of these symptoms or don't know the cause of your nausea, see your doctor before attempting to self-treat your symptoms. Once you know your nausea isn't due to serious illness, it can help to know how to stop nausea using simple remedies. Here are some at home treatments to help stop nausea:

Drink a glass of clear, flat, carbonated soda

You probably already know that clear soft drinks such as Sprite can help with symptoms of nausea, but the carbonation can end up causing indigestion and further stomach upset. Open a can of Sprite and allow it to set in the refrigerator until it loses its fizz. Sip it slowly and feel your nausea slip away.

Use the power of acupressure

It's a little known fact that you can stop nausea by gently compressing the webbed portion of your hand extending between the thumb and the index finger. Apply pressure for around a minute before releasing. This is a quick and simple technique that really works for many people.

Eat something salty

If your nausea is not so severe that you're unable to eat, get a salty cracker from your kitchen cabinet and eat it very slowly. The salt on the cracker can sometimes stop nausea symptoms.

Chew some gum

Sometimes chewing on peppermint gum will stop nausea. If you don't have peppermint gum on hand, adding a bit of peppermint extract to warm tea can provide some relief.

Discover the power of ginger

It's been known for over 2,000 years that ginger can cure nausea. Raw ginger is a bit unappetizing when you're experiencing nausea. The best way to consume it is to take two or three ginger capsules twice a day until your nausea subsides. Ginger is also excellent for relieving the symptoms of chronic indigestion and motion sickness.

If all of the above fails

If you fail to get relief from the above natural remedies, there are some excellent anti-nausea medications on the market that your doctor can prescribe for you. The most common side effects include drowsiness. If your nausea is due to morning sickness, you'll want to check with your doctor before taking these prescription medications.

As a last resort

Sometimes the best method for stopping nausea is to allow yourself to vomit. This brings instant relief to your suffering. Many people will fight the urge to vomit, which may not be the best solution in the long run.

Knowing how to stop nausea quickly and effectively can come in handy. Try some of these techniques and you'll be able to get back to the more important things in life.

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