Nausea is almost always an early sign and symptom of something else. This could be food poisoning, a bacterial infection, other illness, intoxication, pregnancy, or many other things. But since we are supposed to know our bodies so well, are there also any early signs and symptoms of nausea itself? And can we determine whether there is going to be a progression from nausea to full vomiting and sickness? It seems that we can!
Early Signs And Symptoms Of Nausea
Research has now shown that early signs and symptoms of nausea vary depending on what has caused it. However, there are some very common signs and symptoms to look out for. These include stomach cramps, dizziness, vertigo, and a watery mouth. Once those things happen, you can almost guarantee that you will feel nauseous as well.
Will It Progress?
The next question is whether or not the nausea will progress to full blown sickness. This, again, varies. Sometimes, you just feel queasy and it passes after a while. Other times, the nausea gets so bad that your stomach empties itself. Usually, if the nausea is only there for a few minutes, it will pass. If it is persistent, very severe, or accompanied by strong stomach cramps, it will usually progress into full sickness.
What Is Wrong With Me?
Feeling nauseous and sick is not pleasant and it may make you feel worried. Feeling like that is a sign that there is something in you that your body does not agree with. As a response, it is trying to get rid of it. And when you throw up, there is a good chance that you are able to get rid of whatever is causing the problem. The exception is pregnancy, where the nauseousness is caused by surges of hormones, and this can lead to you feeling sick as well. Unfortunately, this is prolonged nausea, with some women actually experiencing it to such an extent that they get dehydrated and have to be hospitalized.
One other very common reason for feeling nauseous and even throwing up is alcohol or other substance intoxication. This is an early sign of your body rejecting the poison with which you are feeding yourself. If you get to that point, it is very important that you lie down and drink as much water as you can. You should not, under any circumstance, lie on your back, however. With alcohol or drug intoxication, it is possible that you will pass out and still throw up. In that case, you could potentially drown in your own vomit, which is something that has happened to a number of celebrities, for instance.
Usually, nausea and sickness will pass after a few days. During that time, make sure that you keep yourself properly hydrated with plenty of water. If it does not pass, or if you really cannot keep anything down, you may need to seek medical attention. You may need to be provided with fluids intravenously, so that you don't become dehydrated. It is rare for nauseousness to become as severe as that, fortunately.