Ailment Vomiting

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Drink clear or ice-cold drinks, eat light and bland food items, avoid greasy or spicy foods, don't mix hot and cold foods, and try to eat and drink slowly.

Vomiting can be caused by many reasons. However the most common reasons are overeating, food poisoning, motion sickness, altitude sickness, seasickness, binge-drinking, ulcers, concussions, emotional distress or early stages of pregnancy.

In most cases, vomiting is harmless and the feelings of discomfort pass immediately after the patient vomits. However, it could also be due to an underlying issue like meningitis, concussion, intestinal blockage or appendicitis. Vomiting can also lead to dehydration of the patient. Hence it is important to treat the underlying cause if the patient ever feels the need to throw up again and again.

Take a break from solid food for some time. Stay hydrated. Eat small, bland meals every few hours. Sucking on ice chips can help fight dehydration. Avoid spicy and greasy foods.

The mouth produces extra saliva that is alkaline in nature to prevent damage to the teeth and mouth from the acids of the stomach. The diaphragm contracts in short pulses to squeeze the stomach, and the glottis closes the airway so that vomit doesn't go into the lungs. The pyloric sphincter located at the bottom of the stomach pinches, so that all of the stomach's contents are released from the mouth. The body produces sweat due to sudden exertion.

Vomiting or emesis is the voluntary or involuntary process of expelling the stomach’s contents through the mouth. Vomiting is often caused by one or more of the following triggers:
Motion sickness, altitude sickness or seasickness
Early stages of pregnancy
Medication-induced vomiting
Intense pain
Emotional stress often caused by anxiety or fear
Gallbladder disease
Food poisoning
Infections such as the stomach flu
Over-eating
Ingestion of toxins or excessive amounts of alcohol
Reaction to certain smells or odors
Heart attack
Concussion or brain injury
Brain tumor
Ulcers
Some forms of cancer
Bulimia and other psychological illnesses
Gastroparesis or slow stomach-emptying (a condition common with diabetes patients)
Bowel obstruction
Appendicitis

The cause of vomiting is often determined by age of the patient, or by when the throwing up occurred (after a meal, ingestion of excess alcohol, during travel, etc).

In most cases, vomiting is harmless and the feelings of discomfort pass immediately after the patient vomits. However, it could also be due to an underlying issue like meningitis, concussion, intestinal blockage or appendicitis. Vomiting can also lead to dehydration of the patient. Hence it is important to treat the underlying cause if the patient ever feels the need to throw up again and again.

Treatment for vomiting involves following methods:
Avoid solid food till the patient can stop vomiting.
Drink clear liquids gradually.
Use oral rehydration solution like Pedialyte to prevent dehydration
Pregnant women can eat a small high-protein snack like crackers, lean meat or cheese before getting out of or into bed.
Drug therapy can be used for vomiting arising from cancer treatments.
Prescription medication can be given in cases of motion sickness or dizziness.

HerbsDaily offers a wide range of supplements effective in treating vomiting.

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