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Why do I feel nauseated after going out in the sun?

Q: I feel very uneasy when I go out in the summers. Recently after cycling a distance at noon, I started feeling nauseated but I didn't vomit. This feeling persisted till I went off to sleep at night. What should I do when I feel like this? Does it require any medication? The problem does not go away even after taking a bath or consuming water.

A:Certain activities can cause nausea and even vomiting in sensitive people. This is probably an autonomic response to exercise, high altitude, fatigue, distress and a variety of other things such as looking at a bloody accident. The best therapy is rest and reassurance and removal from the cause. An antiemetic or an antihistamine might help, as would an atropine-like drug, but side effects may be unacceptable. Ginger is a well known anti-nausea herb, and it can be taken in a variety of ways such as in the form of a sweetened tea.


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