What Causes Waves of Nausea?

Everyone experiences waves of nausea at one time or another in his or her life. Nausea can be a result of an emotional upset such as seeing a bad accident, smelling a horrible odor, or can have any number of medical causes. Some causes are temporary and others need treatment by a physician.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.


Nausea is a queasy or unsettled feeling in your stomach. A strong urge to vomit is usually present.

Common Causes

The two most common causes of nausea are morning sickness in pregnancy and viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) 1. Other causes, which are normally not serious, are vertigo, milk allergies, motion sickness, heartburn, gastritis, and side effects of medications.cause:

  • Other causes
  • which are normally not serious
  • are vertigo
  • milk allergies
  • motion sickness
  • heartburn
  • gastritis,
  • side effects of medications

Medical Conditions

Just a few of the causes of nausea from medical conditions are appendicitis, high blood sugar, middle ear infections, head injuries, meningitis, bleeding ulcers or cancer.