Getting Rid of Nausea and Vomiting

By the team at Speedoc,
March 31, 2021

Nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting is an unpleasant experience we have all experienced before to some extent. It always seems difficult to escape this endless cycle of ejecting fluid each time you take it in. Regardless of how many bowls of chicken soup your mother feeds you, it seems nearly impossible to ingest anything. So, when home remedies don’t work, what should you do?

It is difficult to think logically about what the next step is when you are lying in bed, shivering, trying to anticipate the next time you are going to keel over the toilet bowl so you can run to the toilet in time. As such, we have synthesised the appropriate measures you should take to rid yourself of this terrible feeling, depending on the severity of your condition.


If your nausea or vomiting is mild, you can take some simple measures at home to relieve the discomfort.

For nausea,

  • Drink sips of cold water or sports drinks

  • Consume bland food like bread or porridge

  • Do not mix hot and cold food or drinks

  • Reduce activity (such as exercise) after eating

For vomiting,

  • Drink sips of water or sports drinks

  • Avoid taking solid food until vomiting has stopped

  • Rest and avoid activity

  • Avoid medications or foods that may irritate the stomach


Visit your GP if vomiting persists, accompanied by abdominal pain or diarrhoea, as that could signal something more serious, like viral gastroenteritis. You may require an oral rehydration solution if you’ve been experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting for more than 24 hours. If you struggle to keep the rehydration solution down, an IV drip may be necessary. Speedoc’s house call nurses can visit your home to administer IV drips so you don’t have to go to a clinic when you’re already feeling so unwell.

The timing you experience nausea and vomiting may also indicate an underlying condition. For example, nausea or vomiting eight hours after a meal could be due to food poisoning. Females who are nauseous for more than a week may be pregnant. For a more accurate diagnosis, a doctor video consultation could be useful and more economical and convenient than visiting a physical clinic.


It is advisable to go to the A&E immediately as there may be immediate life-threatening complications if you:

  • Have severe abdominal pain and/or high fever

  • Exhibit signs of dehydration, such as extreme thirst and a dry mouth

  • Suffered a head injury that had caused vomiting

  • Experience rapid breathing or pulse

  • Notice blood in your vomit (there seems to be ‘coffee grounds’ in the vomit)


At Speedoc, we provide house call GP and nursing services around the clock. Our doctors can diagnose and prescribe treatment for nausea and vomiting on the spot, even if it’s in the middle of the night. From 8am to 8pm daily (yes, including weekends!), GP doctors are also available over video consultation to provide consultations and prescribe medications that will be delivered to your door.

Download our app and keep it handy for the unexpected nausea and/or vomiting episodes!