Nausea and vomiting occasionally affect everyone, but if you regularly have these issues, it could point to a more serious underlying problem. At GastroCare LI, dedicated specialists Bradley Rieders, MD, and Brandon Rieders, MD, offer expert nausea and vomiting care at their Valley Stream, New York, office. Book your appointment online or call the office for help today.

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What is nausea and vomiting?

Nausea is the queasy feeling that you need to vomit (expel your stomach contents forcefully through your mouth). Nausea and vomiting often, but not always, go hand-in-hand. You may experience nausea for a while before vomiting, or you may experience nausea that abates without vomiting.

What causes nausea and vomiting?

There are many causes of nausea and vomiting, including:

  • Digestive tract inflammation such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Digestive tract infections
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Too-slow emptying of your stomach into your intestines
  • Medications
  • Food poisoning
  • Pregnancy
  • Migraines and other neurological diseases
  • Motion sickness
  • Infections outside the digestive tract, such as ear and kidney infections
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Radiation therapy

Regurgitation is an issue sometimes confused with vomiting. With regurgitation or acid reflux, the contents of your stomach (digestive fluids and food) move backward into your esophagus. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) experience regurgitation regularly.

How is the cause of nausea and vomiting diagnosed?

GastroCare LI starts with an exam and a discussion about your symptoms. Your provider takes a medical history and asks questions about how your symptoms started, whether you have additional issues, like a fever or abdominal pain, and what medications you’re taking. They’ll also ask several questions to help narrow down the source of your issues.

Your provider may make a diagnosis after a medical history review and exam, but in some cases, you may need blood tests, X-rays, CT or MRI scans, or a procedure, such as an upper endoscopy, to find the cause of your nausea and vomiting.

How are nausea and vomiting treated?

Nausea and vomiting have a broad range of causes, so your treatment depends on your specific condition and its root causes. Some treatments that you may need include:

  • Increasing your water intake
  • Medications to relieve nausea symptoms
  • Medications specific to your underlying condition
  • Fluid replacement with intravenous (IV) saline and potassium
  • Feeding tube in the stomach or small intestine

Your GastroCare LI provider recommends a treatment plan that corrects the cause of your nausea and vomiting so you can get relief as quickly as possible.

If you have persistent nausea and vomiting, don’t wait until you’re dehydrated and desperate to get help. Call GastroCare LI or click on the online appointment maker to book your consultation today.