Pukish feeling or commonly termed as nausea is a sensation wherein the patient will feel discomfort and unease in the upper part of the stomach accompanied by an urge to vomit. This urge comes involuntarily.
The feeling is a symptom connected to several diseases especially when it persists for a long period of time.
It is often accompanied by other symptoms that appear when the digestive system and other body systems have problems. One of the most common accompanying symptoms is vomiting. There are also other symptoms that indicate a life-threatening condition like bloody stools, high fever and vomiting of blood.
Pukish Feeling after Eating
There are many patients who experience pukish feeling after eating. There are several reasons behind this and are enumerated below.
- Food content. There are certain ingredients in many foods that cause improper digestion.
- Gulping down or eating foods hastily.
- Foods that are rich in fats, especially when consumed in a regular basis.
- Eating frequently even when hunger does not persist.
- Keeping long meal intervals and other improper eating habits like not chewing the food well and overeating.
- Diseases in the gastrointestinal tract like viral gastroenteritis.
- Certain medications that affect the stomach lining like those used in chemotherapy and some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.
What Causes Pukish Feeling
- Gastrointestinal Causes. Aside from food poisoning, intolerances and allergies that have been mentioned, there are medical conditions that can cause pukish feeling. These conditions include gastritis, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney stones and kidney failure, hepatitis, liver failure, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, and peptic ulcer.
- Life-threatening Causes. These include appendicitis, bowel obstruction, brain hemorrhage, diabetic ketoacidosis, heart attack, increased pressure in the intracranial, kidney and liver collapse, poisoning, and sepsis.
- Problems in other body systems besides the digestive tract. These problems include motion sickness, cancer and corresponding chemo treatments, concussion, electrolyte imbalance, heat stroke and exhaustion, exposure to toxic substances, drug side effects, migraine, Meniere’s disease, vertigo, diabetes, stress, and pregnancy.
Treatment for Pukish Feeling
- Follow healthy eating habits.
- Ensure a lifestyle that is free from stress.
- Include more bland and light foods in the diet including fruits, whole grains and vegetables.
- For fast relief, drink ginger tea, lemon juice with grated ginger, mint juice with honey, and apple cider vinegar.
- When the symptom is caused by underlying medical conditions, it is best for patients to seek proper medical care.