Regurgitation is sometimes necessary – when food or liquid cannot be tolerated, it is natural to feel nausea or to experience vomiting. While not a pleasant experience, it is usually short-lived once the illness or trigger passes. However, if nausea and vomiting occur frequently or become severe, it can be a sign of a serious health condition. At Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, our board certified doctors can perform diagnostic testing to determine the cause of an upset stomach, and we offer nausea/vomiting treatment at our urgent care center in Los Angeles, CA.
Nausea and vomiting are symptoms of many types of illnesses and health conditions. Nausea is a feeling of unwellness in the stomach, a “queasy” feeling that often occurs before you vomit. Nausea does not always lead to vomiting, but it is usually a sign that it may happen. Both symptoms are commonly felt by children and adults, although children are more prone to vomiting than adults.
Causes of Nausea/Vomiting
Since these two symptoms are often in sequence, the causes are usually similar. Some of the most common causes of nausea and/or vomiting include:
- Motion sickness
- Food poisoning
- Inhaling certain chemical, fumes or odors
- Overindulging (food, alcohol or other substances)
These triggers can bring on nausea or vomiting, but most are not serious. Once the trigger passes or the condition is treated, the symptoms should go away. However, when the cause of vomiting is unknown, it is important to have it diagnosed. There are serious health conditions that can induce vomiting, including:
- Intestinal blockages
- Certain cancers
- Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
If you have nausea and vomiting for more than a day, you may need to seek medical treatment. Ongoing vomiting can lead to dehydration and other complications.
Relief for Nausea and Vomiting
The first step is always to determine the cause of nausea or vomiting. Our doctors can perform tests to determine if you have a viral or bacterial infection or other common illness. If common causes are not found, we can perform more in-depth diagnostic testing to find the source.
There are many medications that can relieve nausea and help prevent vomiting if the underlying cause cannot be immediately treated. This can help reduce the risk of dehydration and other problems related to nausea/vomiting.
If you have ongoing nausea or vomiting, especially with other symptoms such as a fever, contact us at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We offer same day appointments for nausea/vomiting treatment and diagnosis at our urgent care clinic in Los Angeles.