Have you ever felt like you had to throw up, but couldn’t muster up the output? Your body is going through the motions and you have the sensation of vomiting, but nothing is coming up (or out). If you’ve ever felt like that before – home remedies for dry heaves could have helped. Getting familiar with simple fixes will have you prepared for the next time.
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What are Dry Heaves?
Dry heaves (also known as retching) occur after nausea and vomiting – they are the repetitive involuntary sessions of “throwing up” that do not produce any vomit. Retching is the reverse movement of the stomach and esophagus without vomiting . Nausea stimulates the part of the brain that controls vomiting. Even after you have thrown up, this region of the brain can still be active. This leads to abdominal contractions that continue without any contents in the gastric system coming up – also known as dry heaves.
Causes and Symptoms
It is important to note that dry heaves is not the same things as being nauseous (that uneasy feeling you may get in your stomach). Vomiting usually follows nausea, where your stomach contents pass through the mouth. However, dry heaves causes retching without any expulsion of vomit. This usually takes place after the contents of your stomach has been vomited up. People can also experience nauseous feelings with dry heaves.
There are many different things that can induce dry heaves, such as gastritis, bowel obstruction, overeating, pancreatitis, migraines, metabolic disturbances, and reactions to drugs. Other factors that can cause dry heaves include:
• Food poisoning and an empty stomach can lead to dry heaves.
• If you are anxious, you could suffer nervous reactions in the body, dry mouth and dry heaves.
• Dry heaves is also associated with hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
• In the morning, dry heaves can start when acid reflux induces vomiting.
• The acid reflux is responsible for causing acidic gastric juices to travel back to the esophagus from the stomach.
• Dry heaves is also a common symptom of pregnancy that can occur when a woman brushes her teeth, moves a certain way or smells a specific scent. Dry heaves is typical within the first 6 to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
A few symptoms that can occur with dry heaves include a dry mouth, dry throat, sweating, accelerated pulse rate, restlessness, choking, coughing, bad taste in mouth, loss of appetite, heavy breathing, stomach pains, and sometimes, dizziness.
Dry Heaves Home Remedies
The typical case of dry heaves is nothing to be alarmed about and often passes on its own. However, prolonged activity is serious and requires immediate medical assistance. For all other cases, consider the following home remedies for dry heaves when you want to speed up your recovery time:
a) Rehydrate with Liquids:
When you vomit and then experience dry heaves, the loss of both food and fluid and take its toll. It is important to rehydrate to assist in your recovery. Take small sips of clear liquids – one to two ounces at a time. Don’t forget to sip slowly. Start with water, diluted tea or apple juice. Some people get better results when they take two tablespoons of flat cola afterwards.
Carbohydrates in Popsicles will help keep blood sugar levels elevate. The caffeine will help increase your energy. The coldness of the Popsicles in between sips of water is also a good way to soothe the throat.
When you reach the point where you can keep liquids down, it’s time to start working on replacing lost nutrients. Help your body recover by sipping on Gatorade.
Pedialyte can help the body recover from dry heaves by replenishing lost electrolytes in the body. It is suggested to sip on the drink when you are able to keep down fluids.
e) Small Meals:
To reduce dry heaves, pregnant women should eat small meals throughout the day and never allow the stomach to get empty for any length of time. Opt for smaller, lighter meals over a few heavy dishes.
f) Avoid Triggers:
Pregnant women know the kinds of foods, scents and sights that can trigger their dry heaves. Avoid these factors as much as possible.
As you recover, a few Saltine crackers are a decent food item to help settle your stomach.
A piece of dry toast can calm the symptoms that lead to dry heaves.
i) Milk Toast:
An old fashioned remedy for dry heaves is to make milk toast. Add one cup of milk into a shallow bowl that you can put into the microwave. Heat the milk in the microwave until it is warm, but don’t cook it to the point of boiling. Take a single slice of lightly buttered toast, and tear it into pieces that are then placed in the bowl. Let the toast absorb the warm milk. It is the bland taste and soft texture of this remedy that makes the dish easy to digest. The milk toast can help relieve an upset stomach associated with dry heaves.
j) Mint Tea:
Sip on a cup of hot peppermint or spearmint tea after vomiting or when you feel nauseous so that your stomach feels settled and you reduce your chances of suffering dry heaves.
k) Cut Back on Coffee:
Excessive amounts of caffeine that come from drinking a lot of coffee on a daily basis can actually create a reaction that brings on dry heaves. If you consume more than 250 milligrams of caffeine per day – you could develop symptoms. Heavy coffee drinkers should cut back on their intake, as well as watch how much caffeine they consume in general.
Ginger is an effective method to calm nausea and vomiting. You can munch on a few gingersnaps or eat a piece of crystallized ginger.