Remedies for Nausea: Any Tips?
There is no doubt in my mind that I’ve been battling some sort of virus for the past few weeks. First it started with a full-blown cold, inclusive of a sore throat, headache, chills, slight fever, etc. While those symptoms have thankfully gone away, I am still left with some unpleasant side effects from some type of virus. I suspect it’s a virus mostly because many of my colleagues are dealing with the same issues, and we share an office space. I also haven’t made any recent changes to my diet, medications or lifestyle otherwise to induce the recent, and random, bouts of nausea.
I would suspect this to come from a new medication, or if I had other symptoms more reflective of a flu bug but thankfully I don’t. Other than extreme fatigue some days (more than normal, I know this is a common occurrence for those of us living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, IPF), the only other thing I’ve been dealing with as a side effect of this virus is nausea, sometimes extreme. Do any of you deal with this periodically or on an unexpected basis?
When I am sick, or have a new drug that they’ve told me to expect some episodes of nausea, my typical go-to remedies for this are:
- Crystallized ginger: typically I can’t stand the taste of ginger, especially in solid form but I find gnawing on little bits of this at a time helps. I can only tolerate this for so long, but I do find it helpful to just take little bites of it when an episode of nausea happens.
- Gingerale: I am also not really someone to ever drink any type of soda, as I don’t enjoy carbonated drinks, so combined with my dislike of ginger – I am surprised I reach for gingerale when I am sick. Perhaps it is a comfort of my childhood when my parents would give it to me when I came home from school feeling unwell.
- Cool cloth on my forehead: I’m not sure why this tends to help, but it does, especially if I lay flat on my back with my eyes closed and put the cloth over my eyes and forehead.
- Gravol: this remedy isn’t always possible because it makes me drowsy (even daytime Gravol) but I often reach for it if the more natural remedies don’t work.
Do you deal with random, but frequent episodes of nausea since your IPF/PF diagnosis?
Do you have any tips on how to relieve this unwanted symptom, preferably naturally?
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