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Nausea After Eating

What is Nausea after Eating?

Nausea is not a disease or condition. It is often a symptom of an underlying condition. It is a feeling of uneasiness in the stomach and often followed by vomiting. Children and adults may experience nausea and it is also common to pregnant women usually during the first trimester of pregnancy.


Causes of nausea after eating

The most common cause for nausea is the food that an individual eats. It could be that the food ingredient did not agree with the system of an individual such as an allergic reaction. It could also be due to spoiled food that has been eaten. There are a number of reasons for an individual to be nauseated after eating.

  1. Food ingredients – it is sometimes an allergic reaction to a certain food ingredient or content that makes an individual feel nauseated after eating. Monosodium glutamate is one example of food content which can induce nausea or even food that is high on preservative contents.
  2. Food poisoning – ingesting a contaminated food will make an individual feel sick as the body is reacting on the food taken which possibly filled with bacteria.
  3. Indigestion – indigestion happens when there is a hindrance in the process of food digestion in the stomach and this may cause nausea.
  4. Peptic ulcer – may lead to nausea if the stomach lining with ulcer is aggravated.
  5. Medication – nausea may be included in the side effects of the medicine that an individual is taking.
  6. Pregnancy – nausea normally occurs to pregnant women especially during the first trimester or early pregnancy.
  7. Medical therapy – this includes chemotherapy and radiation therapy an individual is undergoing.
  8. Emotional stress – emotional stress can make one nauseated right after eating.
  9. Sensitivity to smell or odor – there are individuals who react with what they can smell whether it is from food or not that make them nauseated.
  10. Overeating – it is normal for an individual to be nauseated when they have overeaten as they tend to feel uncomfortable.
  11. Excessive alcohol consumption – too much alcohol can make one nauseated as they are normally dehydrated due to too much alcohol content of what an individual has taken.
  12. Psychological illness – this may include bulimia where a patient feel nauseated and have the urge to vomit right after eating.

Nausea After Eating Symptoms

Nausea does not have symptoms as nausea itself is a symptom. Most underlying condition if not all have nausea as a symptom. However, if nausea is persisting for more than 2 days it is high time that one seek a medical advice as this could be harmful and if a woman is experiencing nausea for more than a week and suspects pregnancy then medical consultation is needed.

Nausea After Eating Diagnosis

Nausea cannot be diagnosed instead; it is part of the medical history taken when an individual is to be diagnosed of a certain medical condition. Medical professionals will look at what is causing nausea as it is secondary to the primary cause. Nausea is sometimes associated with gall bladder disease and diabetes. Nausea is also noted in diagnosing pregnancy. However, episodes of nausea should be recorded such as:

  • Frequency of nausea
  • Accompanying symptoms such as abdominal pain
  • Severity of nausea
  • Description of regular diet
  • Food eaten prior to episode of nausea
  • Vomiting preceding nausea
  • Medications taking
  • Medical therapy undergoing
  • Persistence of nausea
  • Previous trauma such as head trauma

Nausea After Eating Treatment

Treatment of nausea is usually aimed toward the primary cause which is almost often an underlying condition an individual is suffering from. However, nausea can be prevented and remedied and these include:

  • Avoid emotional stress to reach critical level as hyperactivity can only worsen nausea
  • Eat small frequent meals a day instead of thrice a day.
  • Increase fluid intake and if possible, drink tea, lemonade and iced cold drink to remedy upset stomach.
  • Avoid too much consumption of alcohol or if cannot be prevented, drink a lot of water to replace fluid loss due to alcohol consumption
  • Avoid food that is high on preservative and monosodium glutamate content.
  • Take a rest right after eating.
  • Avoid food heavy on grease such as fried food.
  • Watch what food is to be eaten.
  • Take enough sleep a day.
  • Maintain or start on a healthy lifestyle.

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