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Nausea after eating, what are the causes?

November 21, 2018

Post-eating nausea, also called post-prandial nausea, is a symptom that manifests itself with a feeling of localized discomfort at the level of the upper part of the stomach and is generally related to disorders of the digestive system or an incorrect diet. We talk about it with Dr. Beatrice Salvioli, gastroenterologist at Humanitas.

What is post-prandial nausea and how does it manifest itself?

“Nausea is a symptom, not a disease, so if nausea becomes a frequent symptom, which affects normal daily activities, it is necessary to find the cause. If it appears after meals, it is usually due to a problem of gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux or gallbladder disorders.


Is it possible that nausea is caused by allergies or intolerances?

“I am not aware of food allergies that cause nausea. Intolerances, on the other hand, can lead to gastroesophageal reflux, which sometimes goes hand in hand with nausea.


Nausea in pregnancy: what does it depend on?

“Pregnant nausea, with or without vomiting, is most frequently accompanied by twin pregnancy, lack of folic acid intake and gatroesophageal reflux. The latter is frequent in this condition, due to hormonal changes and alterations in gastrointestinal motility, factors that act, on the one hand, by relaxing the esophageal sphincter at the level of the cardias and thus promoting acid reflux, and, on the other, by slowing down the emptying of the stomach.


When should I consult a specialist?

“The doctor is consulted when the symptom becomes so annoying that it prevents it from eating properly.

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