Vomiting or emesis is the body’s way of forcefully expelling the contents of the stomach through the mouth to protect itself from toxins or pathogens. Vomiting is typically treated by getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated. If vomiting wait at least six hours before you eat solid food and stick to bland, easily digested foods such as tea and toast.  

Many varied conditions can cause vomiting, including but not limited to:

  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Certain medications
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Motion sickness
  • Rotavirus
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes ketoacidosis
  • Ear infection
  • Food poisoning
  • Toxin ingestion

Because vomiting is a symptom of so many conditions its important to seek medical attention if you experience vomiting for more than two days as an adult of longer than 24hours for a child. Book a house call with SwiftMD and get examined by a licenced primary care doctor.

***In some instances, vomiting can be a sign of a more serious, life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical attention by going to the emergency room if your vomiting is accompanied by

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fecal matter of blood present in the vomit
  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Severe dehydration

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