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 best
- drink ginger or peppermint tea
- eat foods containing ginger – such as ginger biscuits
- eat smaller, more frequent meals
- do not eat or cook strong-smelling food
- do not eat hot, 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
If you're also being sick (vomiting), you could become dehydrated. See what to do if you're vomiting.
See a GP if you:
- don't feel better in a few days
- often feel sick (it keeps coming back)
Your GP can look for the cause and suggest treatments.
They may prescribe anti-sickness medicine if needed.
Call 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 don't self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
A table of possible causes of symptoms.
Diarrhoea or vomiting
norovirus or food poisoning
Headache and a high temperature
an infection, such as flu
Heartburn or bloating after eating
Headache and sensitivity to light or sound
labyrinthitis or vertigo
Other reasons for feeling sick include:
- pregnancy (morning sickness)
- motion sickness
- recent surgery
Don't worry if you're not sure what the cause is. Try the things that may stop you feeling sick and see a GP if you don't feel better in a few days.