The urge to vomit is the feeling that you will vomit, but without real vomiting. This health problem often occurs in pregnant women, but can affect anyone. The urge to vomit usually disappears on its own, but if it occurs too often, it is best to seek medical attention. Fortunately, in many cases, it is easy to get rid of it using simple home treatment methods. In this article, you will learn how to do it.
Home methods of treatment
Drink plenty of fluids. One of the main causes of the urge to vomit is that there is not enough fluid in the body and there is an imbalance of fluids. The easiest way to get rid of this problem is to drink plenty of fluids. Remember that you should drink at least 8-12 glasses of water every day. Sports drinks with electrolytes are also suitable because they allow you to balance the level of minerals in the body.
If you can’t drink enough fluids because of the taste in your mouth, try to drink them continuously – start with small sips of water, mint tea, or apple juice.
Dehydration caused by the urge to vomit can cause a lot of health problems. With a lack of mucus, the body signals the heart and kidneys to work much harder. When these important organs are burdened, it can cause them to fail, which in extreme cases can lead to death.
Eat something sweet to raise your blood sugar. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is a signal to the body that it is lacking important nutrients. It can manifest itself in the urge to vomit, which also serves as a warning. Fortunately, you can easily get rid of hypoglycemia by eating something sweet, such as candy or popsicles.
Maintaining the right blood sugar will help you prevent hypoglycemia and the urge to vomit, but it will also help you concentrate better. When you eat something sweet, glucose gets into your brain and helps you get oxygen into your bloodstream, so that it can reach the bloodstream in all parts of your body.
Eat something tasteless, such as toast or crackers. These dry and light foods, which do not have a strong taste, reduce sensitivity in the mouth and tongue, so they will help you get rid of the urge to vomit, help you get rid of bad taste in your mouth and prevent your condition from deteriorating. You should eat soft, non-spicy foods that do not contain too much fiber. Suitable foods include:
Soups, broths, broth
Cereals (oatmeal, cornflakes)
Pudding or cottage cheese
Eat often, but in small portions. Eating large portions of food could make you feel sick. Instead of three large meals a day, you should divide each meal into two portions and eat 6 smaller portions of food throughout the day.
You should never have an empty stomach, which is also important for maintaining proper blood sugar levels and not straining the stomach sphincter. When you have an empty stomach, you suffer from the urge to vomit and, in addition, you are likely to have hypoglycaemia, which you should not take lightly, as this can cause many other unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness and nausea.
Stop consuming caffeine. Caffeine is a powerful and addictive stimulant that our body responds to easily. Because it is such a strong substance, it can irritate the digestive system and cause hypersensitivity, which often leads to the urge to vomit. To avoid this, you should not consume more than 250 mg of caffeine per day.
Coffee, tea and chocolate are not the only foods that contain caffeine. Always read the food packaging and find out how much caffeine they contain.
Have something cold. Cold drinks reduce the stimulating effects of these drinks. Choose a drink that also contains sugar, but don’t drink anything your stomach can’t take. Start with just a small amount, and if you’re not sick, you can drink more. For example, try:
Decaffeinated cold lemonade
Ice cubes (let them melt in your mouth)
Take antihistamines. These drugs are prescribed for allergies, which also include the urge to vomit. When you take antihistamines, you will get rid of the pain caused by histamines that enter the body when vomiting is forced. One or two tablets of Benadryl should help you.
Histamine is an important chemical messenger in the brain. It affects fluid intake and maintains proper fluid levels in the body. When this substance is formed in the body in large quantities due to an allergic reaction, it is good to take an antihistamine.
Take medication for vomiting or nausea. Anti-nausea and vomiting medications can soothe an upset stomach and relieve your urge to vomit. You should take them once a day or whenever you experience these unpleasant symptoms. Talk to your doctor and have a suitable medicine recommended – the dosage will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
Phenothiazines (Compazine and Phenergan) block dopamine receptors, which trigger neurotransmitters for unconditional vomiting. Once you block these receptors, you get rid of the urge to vomit.
Ask your doctor about anxiety medications. It is clear that anxiety causes stress. Stress can manifest itself in many symptoms that can lead to the urge to vomit. Taking Ativan or Xanax in case of stress can help you get rid of the urge to vomit.
Alprazolam (Xanax) is usually prescribed at a dose of 0.25 mg three times a day for panic attacks. However, you should consult your psychiatrist for the correct dosage of these medications. These medications will calm you down and cause malaise, so you need to approach them with caution. They slow down everything from the heartbeat to the functions of the organs.
Try alternative treatments such as acupuncture. Sometimes alternative therapies such as acupuncture or acupressure can help counteract the urge to vomit, especially in pregnant women. The principle of these Eastern methods of treatment is that when the body’s energies are out of balance, disease occurs. Stimulation of certain points on the body is used to restore energy balance, which can help alleviate the urge to vomit and also calm the digestive system. Acupuncture can help you with that.
If the needles do not do you any good, try acupressure or deep tissue massage. Tell the masseur that you would like to release the pressure points to get rid of your health problems.
How to avoid the urge to vomit
Drink plenty of water before drinking alcohol. Drink at least 750 ml of water before going to the bar to drink alcohol, or even more if you can. Drinking water before drinking alcohol will help you avoid dehydration. When you have enough water in your body, alcohol will dilute you and your absorption will slow down, so you will avoid the negative consequences of drinking, such as vomiting and the urge to vomit.
After drinking a large amount of alcohol, this alcohol replaces the water in the body and causes dehydration. Because of this, people then vomit until they have nothing to vomit and there is only an urge to vomit. By having more water in your body, you can easily avoid the urge to vomit.
Eat fat-rich foods. Fat reduces the absorption of alcohol in the body. It works the same as drinking water. Fat slows down the absorption of alcohol, so it slows down its effects. However, you should choose healthy fats instead of unhealthy fats. Here are some of the sources of healthy fats that give you energy:
Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, or herring
Walnuts, almonds and other nuts
Olives, rapeseed oil and linseed oil
Calm down. Unfortunately, anxiety and stress do not escape anyone. People who cannot manage stress often feel its physiological symptoms. It is a “conversion” mechanism for coping with stress and anxiety. Nausea, vomiting and the urge to vomit occur in these people for no apparent reason. If you want to avoid this, you should be as calm as possible.
In addition to anti-anxiety medications, yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises can help. If you don’t like these things, go on vacation. Even a little time “just for yourself” will help you.
Avoid triggers such as various odors. An unpleasant odor can make you vomit. Common odors that cause the urge to vomit include smoke, perfumes and some foods. If you are sensitive to odors, you should avoid these things. If you can’t avoid them, cover your nose and mouth with something, or use a handkerchief.
Odors cause the urge to vomit by causing the release of stimulants in the brain. Your nose is connected to the digestive tract, so there is an urge to vomit.
Stay put. Many people suffer from the urge to vomit when traveling. It happens when there is a discrepancy between what we see and what our body feels. This can happen to you on the way in a car or other means of transport, or on a roller coaster, on a boat and in all situations where you move from front to back or from side to side.
Don’t listen to people who talk about nausea while traveling. For some reason, when someone listens to people talking about being sick, they start to feel these symptoms as well. It’s the same as yawning, which can sometimes be contagious.
If you want to avoid this, look at a solid object, such as a horizon, and do not follow what is on your side when traveling. Fixed glances do not stimulate the brain, so they relieve you of the urge to vomit.