How Do I Relieve Random Nausea?

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Dealing with a random bout of nausea can be difficult, at least in part because it develops suddenly and without a clear cause. Often, taking steps to ensure your comfort and using an Over-The-Counter (OTC) remedy helps. Sometimes eating proves helpful as well. Additionally, getting to the root of the problem can help you choose a treatment now and prevent future episodes.

Rest can sometimes serve as a treatment for random nausea. This may prove effective if you are nauseated because of sleep deprivation or if your stomach upset is the result of anxiety and stress. Sometimes resting also helps if you have developed nausea because of participation in a strenuous activity. In fact, rest may help even if none of these potential causes are involved. Many people find that going to a quiet location and lying down helps them to feel more comfortable no matter what the cause.

You might be surprised to find that you are nauseated and hungry at the same time. In such a case, eating something might help relieve random nausea. Eating foods that are heavy, greasy, acidic, or sugary may make you feel better at first but may cause your stomach to become even more upset later. Instead, you may do well to focus on eating a small amount of bland food in an effort to feel better. For example, toast or unsalted crackers might help, and some people are able to tolerate plain rice, applesauce, and bananas as well.


There are many OTC medicines used to combat heartburn and indigestion that can help with nausea. These medications come in pill, chewable tablet, and liquid form, and you can choose based on the form you think you can tolerate without feeling worse. You might also try an antihistamine, which is a medication usually taken for allergy symptoms, to relieve random nausea. In fact, you may even find some antihistamines, such as dimenhydrinate, that are specifically recommended for this purpose.

Sometimes the most effective step you can take for dealing with a bout of nausea is determining what might be causing or contributing to it. This can be difficult when nausea develops suddenly, but some of the most common culprits are overeating, motion sickness, infection, and ingestion of alcoholic beverages. If you can pinpoint the cause of your random nausea, you can either treat it or discontinue whatever has caused it. For instance, your doctor may provide treatment recommendations for a digestive tract infection, and discontinuing alcoholic beverage consumption may help calm your upset stomach.


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@seag47 – The best nausea treatment I have ever tried is peppermint. You can either suck on a hard peppermint candy, drink peppermint tea, or chew a piece of peppermint gum.

All of these work for me, but I do believe sucking on the candy works best. It delivers relief within a minute or so.

The peppermint tea is good to sip on while you are recovering from your nausea. It helps the candy do an even better job.

Post 3

I get random bouts of nausea sometimes, but my problem is that I feel so sick that I can't try eating anything. I feel like I will throw it up if I do.

My friend recently tried to get me to eat a couple of crackers and drink a soda during a nausea spell, but just looking at the food made me sicker. These waves of nausea pass within a few hours, and then, I feel totally fine. I have no idea what is causing them.

Is there anything that I can drink that will help? I just can't stomach food at all during these episodes.

Post 2

@orangey03 – I know that eating too many apples or drinking too much apple juice can cause diarrhea, so maybe they are hard on the stomach. I have learned to keep a few nonperishable foods in my purse in case I have a nauseating hunger attack. That way, I don't have to settle for what's available.

I cannot stand to eat something very sweet and full of sugar when I'm really hungry and nauseous. The sweetness only nauseates me further, and I feel even more like vomiting.

I have started keeping granola bars in my purse. The only sweetness in them is a touch of honey, but this isn't enough to bother me. The nutrition from the granola really satisfies me and stops the hunger pains.

Post 1

If hunger is what causes my nausea, I know not to eat an apple to relieve it. I can eat just about anything else and it will make the nausea go away, but an apple will make the problem worse.

I once became nauseated from hunger, and the only thing I had access to was an apple. When I was about halfway through eating it, I started getting sharp pains in my stomach. I suppose that this was caused by gas, but instead of alleviating my nausea, eating the apple gave me a new problem to deal with.

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