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Nausea services offered in Wantagh, NY

Nausea is an unwelcome symptom that can make you feel like you’re going to throw up. If you’re experiencing persistent or recurring nausea for no obvious reason, visit Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists in New York. At their offices in North Wantagh, and South Wantagh, the experienced physicians diagnose and treat the cause of your nausea, relieving you of this troublesome problem. Call your nearest Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists office today or book an appointment online.

Nausea Q & A

What is nausea?

Nausea is an unpleasant sensation in your stomach that often develops before you vomit. Your stomach might feel delicate and fluttery, the back of your throat may close or become more sensitive, and you may experience weakness or dizziness.

Nausea can come over you in waves that make you sweat and shake. Severe nausea triggers the production of excessive amounts of saliva. Vomiting typically relieves the worst symptoms of nausea, but the feelings return in the lead-up to another bout of vomiting.

What causes nausea?

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms of numerous conditions, including:

  • Food poisoning
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Acute gallbladder disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heart attacks
  • Concussion or brain injuries
  • Brain tumors
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Some types of cancer
  • Gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying)
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Appendicitis
  • Bulimia nervosa

You might get nausea if you suffer from motion sickness, drink too much alcohol, or overeat. Nausea is common in pregnancy (morning sickness), and severe pain or emotional distress can cause nausea and vomiting.

Nausea is sometimes a side effect of medications, particularly those used in chemotherapy cancer treatments.

Should I worry about having nausea?

Usually, nausea isn’t anything to worry about. Even if you have a stomach bug, the symptoms should clear up within a few days. In certain situations, nausea and vomiting might indicate something more serious, such as meningitis (a brain membrane infection).

If you have nausea in addition to symptoms of a brain injury, intestinal blockage, or appendicitis, you should seek emergency medical attention. If you frequently suffer from nausea, it could be due to a treatable illness like GERD or a peptic ulcer, and Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists can help.

How is nausea treated?

If you feel nausea coming on, you might find that releasing gas is beneficial. Rub your abdomen gently to help bring on belching. If your nausea is due to a problem like GERD, antacids might help by neutralizing excess stomach acid. Breathing exercises can also help with nausea.

If you’re regularly suffering from nausea, visit Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists. Their experienced doctors can diagnose the cause of your nausea after giving you a physical exam and running tests. Once they know what’s wrong, they can treat the problem accordingly.

The treatment you need varies depending on the reason for your nausea. For example, GERD would require lifestyle changes like weight loss and a low-fat diet, and in some cases, medications like proton pump inhibitors. Gallbladder disease might require surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy).

To find out why you’re having problems with nausea, call Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists today or book an appointment online.