Causes, Symptoms, and Relief Options

Everybody experiences digestive discomfort from time to time, but if chronic nausea is a persistent problem, it may be time to seek professional treatment. At The Relief Clinic in Long Beach and Saucier, Mississippi, family medicine specialist Philip Levin, MD, and his team offer the most effective treatments for nausea.

Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about nausea.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is nausea?

Nausea is a symptom that causes uneasiness in the stomach. If you have nausea, the urge to vomit may feel strong even if you can’t empty your stomach contents. Many people feel better after vomiting, but others experience persistent nausea that affects their quality of life. Understanding the cause of your nausea is the best way to treat it effectively.

When should I be concerned about nausea?
Everybody experiences nausea at some point. You may feel nauseous after a long car trip, theme park ride, or after eating something that doesn’t agree with your stomach. However, if nausea continues to impact your daily life, it may be a sign of an underlying disease.

In general, the providers at The Relief Clinic recommend scheduling a visit if you experience nausea and vomiting that lasts for more than 48 hours. Weight loss and difficulty keeping food down are telltale signs that it’s time to seek professional care.

What causes nausea?

Many conditions can cause nausea, such as:

Many gastrointestinal infections, such as the stomach flu, COVID-19, and bacterial infections from food poisoning, can cause nausea and vomiting.

Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect the small or large intestine. Along with nausea, Crohn’s disease often causes diarrhea, bloody stool, and digestive ulcers.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome is an inflammatory condition that affects the digestive tract. In addition to nausea, IBS can cause vomiting, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and stool with mucus.

Celiac disease
Celiac disease is a chronic digestive disorder that interferes with the body’s ability to process gluten. If you have celiac disease, consuming products with gluten can lead to nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Cancer treatment
Common cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause persistent nausea. Eating and keeping food down is often a challenge for individuals undergoing cancer treatment.

What are the treatments for nausea?

Determining the cause of your nausea is the first step in treating it. At The Relief Clinic, your provider may recommend dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and medication to prevent bouts of nausea.

If you have a chronic disease, such as celiac disease or cancer, your provider may also recommend medical marijuana. Some studies show that marijuana can help relieve nausea in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy.