National Stop Nausea Day – May 16, 2023

National Stop Nausea Day is observed every year in the United States on the third Tuesday in May. This year, it takes place on May 16. The purpose of the day is to increase public awareness about nausea, which affects millions of Americans. It is not a constant state; rather, it is brought on by particular stimuli like pregnancy, chemotherapy, motion in a car, or altitude. Although not a life-threatening condition, this one is nonetheless uncomfortable! Thankfully, one does not have to suffer from nausea since we now have medications to treat the condition. While some people may experience nausea less frequently as they age, others may experience it more frequently.

History of National Stop Nausea Day

National Stop Nausea Day was first observed in 2018 by Reliefband Technologies. The goal of the day was to let people know ‌they are not alone in their struggle with nausea. This is a condition that affects millions of Americans during various stages of their life. What was once thought to be incurable is now treatable with medicine and some therapies.

Anyone can experience nausea, which has a variety of causes. One of the most frequent causes of nausea is motion sickness. Experiences like simulators, boats, planes, trains, cars, and even rides at amusement parks can cause motion sickness. Morning sickness is a frequent symptom of pregnancy for many women. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy frequently experience Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (C.I.N.V.) brought on by the medication. Cancer patients may experience distress, discomfort, and complications as a result of this. Postoperative nausea and vomiting is a different type of nausea that is recognized as the negative side effect of anesthesia.

There are a few strategies for avoiding sickness. Instead of three substantial meals, you might spread your meals throughout the day and eat slowly. Hard-to-digest foods should generally be avoided by patients. If the smell of hot or warm foods makes you queasy, be careful to eat items that are cool or at room temperature. Try to recline with your head elevated approximately 12 inches above your feet if you feel nauseous after eating. Try to eat when you feel less nauseous and drink liquids between meals rather than throughout them. Knowing the things that make you feel nauseous is helpful.

National Stop Nausea Day timeline

1942
Antihistamines

The first antihistamines are invented.

1946
Antishock Treatments

Prevented shocks are brought about by vomiting.

1947
Cyclizine

This medicine is taken on the Apollo Moon Mission to prevent space sickness.

1950s
Metoclopramide

This is used to treat many gastrointestinal disorders.

National Stop Nausea Day FAQs

What is nausea a symptom of?

Nausea can be a symptom of many conditions, such as infection, food poisoning, motion sickness, overeating, blocked intestine, illness, concussion or brain injury, appendicitis, and migraines.

How does nausea feel like?

Nausea usually feels like the urge to vomit. Not all people who feel nauseated throw up, but many have the overwhelming sensation that throwing up would help them feel better. Some people also experience abdominal pain, dizziness, headaches or muscle pain, intense fatigue, or a generalized feeling of sickness.

When should I be concerned about nausea?

See your physician if nausea has left you unable to eat or drink for over 12 hours. If your nausea does not go away after 24 hours of attempting over-the-counter remedies, you should also visit your doctor.

How to Observe National Stop Nausea Day

  1. Show solidarity

    Do you know anyone who suffers from nausea? On National Stop Nausea Day, offer them a friendly word of encouragement to let them know they are not alone. Be there to reassure them they will be alright the next time they feel nauseous.

  2. Spread the world

    Let more people know what nausea is on National Stop Nausea Day. You can help clear up misconceptions regarding the condition by talking about it.

  3. Host an event

    On National Stop Nausea Day, create an awareness event if you or someone you know struggles with nausea. You can talk about your own experiences and invite medical experts to speak on the subject.

5 Interesting Facts About Vomiting

  1. The color of the vomit matters

    If your vomit is black or bright red, it could mean you're throwing up blood — call your doctor right away.

  2. Vomiting during pregnancy could be good

    In the first trimester, it could mean a lower chance of miscarriage.

  3. A particular virus causes vomiting and diarrhea

    The norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea.

  4. Vomit has a particular smell

    Research says it smells like parmesan cheese.

  5. Some people fear vomiting

    This phobia is known as emetophobia.

Why National Stop Nausea Day is Important

  1. It helps dispel myths

    Despite nausea being such a common condition, there are several myths associated with it. Celebrations such as National Stop Nausea Day help dispel common myths and misunderstandings about the conditions.

  2. It builds communities

    National Stop Nausea Day also helps build communities and support groups where those with similar conditions can come together and share their stories. It also reminds them they are not alone.

  3. It helps to seek treatment

    Sometimes patients with nausea might not seek treatment because they might feel ashamed of their condition. National Stop Nausea Day reminds them that treatment is at hand and can enable them to live comfortably.

National Stop Nausea Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 17Tuesday
2023May 16Tuesday
2024May 21Tuesday
2025May 20Tuesday
2026May 19Tuesday

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