Nausea and Vomiting

Overeating and viral infections are some of the common causes of vomiting. Here are some nausea remedies that may work to resolve mild cases.

What Is the Difference Between Nausea and Vomiting?

Nausea refers to a discomfort in the stomach that makes you want to vomit. Meanwhile, vomiting refers to the forced emptying of the stomach through the mouth.

Common Causes of Nausea and Vomiting

Both nausea and vomiting can be triggered by a number of factors, such as overeating, viral infections, motion sickness, food allergies, intestinal blockage, morning sickness in pregnancy, and concussion or head injuries.

Home Remedies for Nausea

  • Sip small amounts of water or isotonic drinks
  • If you can hold it down, eat light, bland foods like small pieces of bread

Home Remedies for Vomiting

  • Sip small amounts of water or isotonic drinks
  • Do not consume solid foods until the vomiting has stopped

Where To Get Treatment for Nausea and Vomiting

Depending on the severity of your condition, you can get timely treatment by going to the appropriate healthcare option.

When You Experience Nausea or Vomiting, See a General Practitioner (GP) First If:

  • Vomiting continues for more than a few hours
  • You have stomach pains
  • You have diarrhoea

Your GP is well placed to treat mild-to-moderate symptoms at the clinic and refer you to a specialist when necessary.

When You Experience Nausea or Vomiting, Visit the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) If:

  • Have persistent vomiting and diarrhoea despite self-medication or seeing a GP.
  • Have signs of dehydration, e.g., you feel very thirsty, giddy, or have a dry mouth.
  • Or your GP thinks that you are at risk of dehydration and you require an intravenous drip.
Check with your GP if you are feeling nausea or vomiting frequently

You can visit the UCC for conditions that require urgent attention but are not life-threatening. For example, someone with persistent vomiting or diarrhoea can be administered an intravenous drip at UCC instead of heading to the Emergency Department of a hospital directly.

To check the services offered at each UCC, please check with the healthcare providers directly.

Go to the Emergency Department (ED) if Your Limb or Life Is at Risk:

  • Have a severe fever, stomach pains, or headache.
  • Are vomiting after sustaining a head injury.

Download the HealthHub app on Google Play or Apple Store to access more health and wellness advice at your fingertips.

Back to Top