What To Do About Water Nausea

Posted by SnapDev on Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Keywords: water nausea

Are you struggling with nausea and throwing up water? 

Experiencing water nausea is a concerning symptom for many patients, but it’s often not a sign of a serious illness. This is often a symptom of dehydration, which can be made worse by vomiting. 

It sounds counterproductive for your body to reject the substance it needs, but it’s a common occurrence. Properly treating dehydration and nausea will allow you to manage your symptoms more comfortably. 

Why does water make me nauseous?

There are several common reasons for someone to experience water nausea: 

  • Dehydration
  • Drinking on an empty stomach
  • Consuming too much water too quickly
  • Pregnancy, and
  • Digestive disorders like GERD

If the nausea is temporary and unaccompanied by any other symptoms, you are likely dehydrated and will be fine once you rehydrate. However, if you’re experiencing other concerning symptoms, you should contact a healthcare provider to determine the cause of your nausea. 

Why am I throwing up water?

Nausea, vomiting, and dehydration are interrelated and often occur at the same time due to a variety of conditions. 

Stomach viruses, like Norovirus, are one of the most common issues that cause a person to throw up water. 

Food poisoning, GERD, or Giardia can cause this symptom. 

Morning sickness associated with pregnancy is another possible cause of throwing up water. 

It’s important to take note of any other symptoms you have to determine the root cause of your concerns. 

How to stop vomiting after drinking water?

Start by determining the root cause of your nausea and vomiting. 

In most instances, there are a few simple things you can do to prevent losing more water. 

Some helpful suggestions include:

  • Take small sips
  • Drink slowly
  • Alternate between water and a drink with electrolytes
  • Eat a few bites of a cracker to help settle your stomach
  • Wait 30 minutes after you last vomited before drinking more water

Should I keep drinking water if I throw it up?

Vomiting can cause your body to become dehydrated very quickly, so it’s important to keep up your water intake as much as possible. 

Continue drinking water slowly throughout the day to rehydrate your body. Drinking ¼ cup of water every 15 minutes is recommended to help your body recover from dehydration. 

When you have an appetite, try eating foods with a high water content, such as cucumbers and melons. 

What are the symptoms of dehydration?

In adults, dehydration can cause the following symptoms:

  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Dark colored urine
  • Producing less urine and sweat than usual
  • Dry skin
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Young children and infants may experience the following symptoms:

  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Crying without tears
  • Dry diapers for more than three hours
  • High fever
  • Excessive sleepiness or irritability
  • Sunken eyes

What are the symptoms of severe dehydration?

Severe dehydration will require medical treatment to correct. Dehydration at its most severe is a serious condition, and help should be sought immediately. Some of the symptoms of severe dehydration include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Excessive nausea and vomiting
  • Fainting

These lists don’t encompass every symptom a person with dehydration could possibly experience. If you’re concerned about severe dehydration, you must immediately contact a medical professional for an evaluation. 

Here To Help

If you’re experiencing water nausea and continue to throw up water, then it’s important to get assessed by a medical professional. Our goal at Urgency Room is to provide the care our patients need in a way that’s most convenient for them. For issues such as this, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home - our emergency trained providers can meet with you remotely using our telehealth service to determine if you need further care, or if the condition is minor enough to be treated at home. You can also schedule an appointment with our team to see you in person. 

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