Feeling sick (nausea) is common and usually goes away on its own. There are some things you can try that might help.
Things that may help you stop feeling sick
get plenty of fresh air
distract yourself – for example, listen to music or watch a film
take sips of a cold drink – some people find fizzy drinks work best
drink ginger or peppermint tea
eat foods containing ginger – such as ginger biscuits
eat smaller meals more often
drink fluids to avoid dehydration if you are vomiting
do not eat or cook strong-smelling food
do not eat spicy, fried or greasy food
do not eat too quickly
do not have a large drink with meals
do not lie down soon after eating
do not wear clothes that are tight around your waist or tummy
When to contact your GP
Talk to your GP if you:
- do not feel better in a few days
- often feel sick (it keeps coming back)
They may prescribe anti-sickness medicine if needed.
Emergency action required: Call 112 or 999 if
you suddenly feel sick and have:
- chest pain that feels tight or heavy
- pain that spreads to your arms, back, neck or jaw
- shortness of breath
This could be a heart attack.
Common causes of feeling sick
Lots of things can make you feel sick.
Any other symptoms you have may give you an idea of the cause. But do not self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
Possible causes of symptoms.
|Other symptoms||Possible cause|
|Other symptoms Diarrhoea or vomiting||Possible cause norovirus or food poisoning|
|Other symptoms Headache and a high temperature||Possible cause an infection, such as flu|
|Other symptoms Heartburn or bloating after eating||Possible cause acid reflux|
|Other symptoms Headache and sensitivity to light or sound||Possible cause migraine|
|Other symptoms Dizziness||Possible cause labyrinthitis or vertigo|
Other reasons for feeling sick include:
- pregnancy (morning sickness)
- motion sickness
- recent surgery
Do not worry if you're not sure what the cause is. Try the things that may stop you feeling sick and see your GP if you do not feel better in a few days.
Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE