Here's Why You Feel Nauseous All The Time

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Nausea is a sensation you are probably familiar with, it’s the uneasy feeling you get when you are about to throw up. Nausea can also range in severity; it may cause some discomfort or be altogether intolerable.

When you get nauseous, you often expect to find yourself hurling out your guts into a toilet bowl soon after. Sometimes, doing this is often the only way to feel relief from nausea. However, in some cases, you might experience nausea without throwing up. Unfortunately, this in-between feeling can feel even worse, as it can seem like you might never feel any relief.

This article explains why this feeling occurs and what you can do to find some relief when it does.

Why You Might Be Nauseous 

Several things could be responsible for your nausea, from early pregnancy symptoms to a stomach bug. Figuring out why you might be nauseous is the first step to getting treatment for it and feeling better.

Here are some of the most common culprits of nausea:

  • You are hungry or thirsty: Sometimes, when you feel nauseous for no reason, it can simply be because you are hungry or thirsty. Eating some food and drinking water could quickly ease your nausea in these cases.
  • You are pregnant: Pregnancy is one of the most common reasons you might be feeling nauseous. In the first trimester of pregnancy, nausea and vomiting are some of the earliest symptoms. 
  • You are stressed or anxious: Nausea is an unlikely effect some people with anxiety or people who are severely stressed experience. However, if you are in a high-stress situation or around factors that trigger your anxiety and you start to feel nauseous, those stressors are a likely cause.
  • You are taking medication: Several medications cause nausea. Often, this may be a mild side effect of your prescription and can pass with time. However, if the nausea is unbearable, you might want to speak to your doctor about whether you should continue taking the medication. In other cases, nausea from medication might not be due to the drug itself but from improper use. For instance, if you are directed to take your medicine with food, and you don't, you may become nauseous.
  • Motion sickness: Motion sickness is a surprisingly common condition. If you’ve ever found yourself starting to feel sick and nauseous on a long road trip or a boat cruise, you could have motion sickness.
  • Viral infections: Infections like the flu are notorious for causing feelings of nausea. 

How to Treat Nausea 

If you are experiencing mild nausea, this can quickly be relieved with a couple of at-home remedies such as:

  • Sipping a cold glass of water. Drinking something cold may help settle your stomach and help prevent you from throwing up.
  • Drinking ginger tea. Tea has been proven to help with nausea and symptoms. This is because ginger has been found to have anti-nausea properties. If you don’t feel like drinking tea, you could also eat a snack that contains ginger, like some ginger biscuits.
  • Getting some fresh air. If you are in a stuffy room and you begin to feel nauseous, stepping outside could bring some relief.
  • Relieving your stress. If your nausea is brought on by stress or anxiety, finding ways to ease that could help with your nausea. You could do this by exercising regularly or meditating. 
  • Avoiding any strong smells or scents. If you’ve been feeling nauseous, strong odors may contribute to it or make your nausea worse.

When to See a Doctor 

If you’ve been trying home remedies and find that there’s no relief, you should speak to a doctor about your nausea. In most cases, nausea isn’t anything to worry about; however, if any other worrying symptoms accompany it, that's also a good reason to speak to your doctor. Your nausea might be a symptom of an underlying condition.

Also, if your nausea is prolonged and extremely uncomfortable instead of just mildly annoying, a doctor's diagnosis might be helpful. Moreover, if you start to feel nauseous after a severe head injury, you should visit your doctor right away, as it might be a sign of a concussion. 

If your nausea is also accompanied by pain or pressure in your chest, trouble breathing, and lightheadedness, this might be an early sign of a heart attack. This is even more common in women.

If your nausea is severe, you must visit your nearest emergency room to get immediate attention.

A Word From Verywell 

Feeling nauseous from time to time isn’t typically concerning. With time it will simply pass. However, if your nausea is caused by stress, anxiety, or too much movement, relieving those factors can bring you some relief.

If you are constantly feeling nauseous and none of the above remedies seem to relieve it, you might want to speak to a doctor about it. Especially if it’s intense in severity or accompanied by other symptoms like headaches, lightheadedness, and severe pain. 

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By Toketemu Ohwovoriole
Toketemu has been multimedia storyteller for the last four years. Her expertise focuses primarily on mental wellness and women’s health topics.