Nausea and Vomiting

Many illnesses can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. Some are mild and will pass by themselves, but others are serious and need medical attention.

Our trusted Symptom Checker is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. Find a possible diagnosis by choosing a symptom and answering a few simple questions.

Remember, be sure to consult with you doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

Step 2

Answering Questions

  • Is the person an infant or child?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have dark urine and/or a yellow discoloration of your skin or eyes along with other cold and flu symptoms?

  • Do you have cold and flu symptoms along with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea?

  • Do you have pain in the middle or lower right side of your abdomen, and have you lost your appetite?

  • Do you have a headache or stiff neck, and does normal light hurt your eyes?

  • Do you have pain in your right upper abdomen or do greasy foods make the pain worse?

  • Do you have a burning pain in your abdomen between your breastbone and belly button?

  • Did your sickness occur shortly after eating food?

  • Have you vomited blood and/or had black, tarry stools?

  • Do you have a burning feeling in your lower chest, along with a sour or bitter taste in your throat and mouth especially after eating?

  • Are you taking any medicine, herbs or vitamins?

  • Have you missed a period or could you be pregnant?

  • Do you have diabetes or are you at risk of having diabetes?

  • Did you recently hit your head and now have a headache, blurred vision, numbness or tingling?

Step 3

Possible Causes

  • See Nausea and Vomiting in Infants and Children
  • Diagnosis

    You may have HEPATITIS, a disease that causes liver inflammation and is most commonly caused by a virus.


    Self Care

    See your doctor right away. Hepatitis needs to be treated to avoid liver damage.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have viral GASTROENTERITIS (stomach flu).


    Self Care

    Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. Use an analgesic such as acetaminophen to reduce fever. If your symptoms get worse or you don’t get any better after a few days, see your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have APPENDICITIS, an inflammation of the appendix, or a BOWEL OBSTRUCTION.


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    See your doctor or go to the emergency room right away. An infected appendix could rupture within 24 hours if left untreated.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have MENINGITIS, a serious infection of the membranes around the brain.


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    See your doctor or go to the emergency room right away. Delay could result in serious injury or death.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have GALLSTONES or CHOLECYSTITIS, an infection of the gallbladder. This may also be due to PANCREATITIS, an inflammation of the pancreas.


    Self Care

    See your doctor. Gallbladder symptoms often come and go. You may still need medicine or surgery to take care of the problem. If the pain is intense or your fever persists, see your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a PEPTIC ULCER or GASTRITIS caused by a bacterial infection of HELICOBACTER PYLORI.


    Self Care

    See your doctor. Use an antacid to relieve pain and discomfort. You may need antibiotics to treat the infection.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have FOOD POISONING caused by a toxin or bacteria from contaminated food. This is likely if someone else who ate the same food also became ill.


    Self Care

    Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. Most episodes will clear up by themselves in 6 to 12 hours. If your symptoms are severe or you don’t get better, call your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a bleeding ULCER or another serious condition such as CANCER.


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    See your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have HEARTBURN.


    Self Care

    Use an antacid to relieve pain and discomfort. If the pain or burning continue, see your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    Medicine or other supplements could be causing the problem.


    Self Care

    See your doctor and tell him or her about any medicine or other supplements you are taking.


  • Diagnosis

    You may be PREGNANT.


    Self Care

    Use an in-home pregnancy test, and if it is positive, confirm it with your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have KETOACIDOSIS, usually caused by high blood sugar.


    Self Care

    Monitor your blood sugar closely and check your urine for ketones if you have test strips. See your doctor if the symptoms are severe or last more than 24 hours. If you have not been diagnosed with diabetes and think you may be at risk, see your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a serious HEAD INJURY.


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    See your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.


  • Diagnosis


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    See your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.