Nausea and Vomiting Treatment
When you feel as if you are about to throw up or vomit, you are experiencing nausea. Nausea and vomiting are symptoms and can be related to a variety of illness or conditions. Causes are different among the various age groups.
Children will experience nausea and vomiting with a viral infection, food poisoning, milk allergy, motion sickness, overeating, coughing, blocked intestines, and high fever associated with an illness.
Adults may experience nausea and vomiting as a result of illness, overindulgence in alcohol, food poisoning, infections, serious health conditions, reaction to medications, psychological illness, stomach problems, morning sickness and more.
Treatment for nausea and vomiting depend on the cause of the problem. In general, vomiting is not harmful, but it can be indicative of a serious underlying health issue. Unexplained nausea and vomiting need to be checked out by an urgent care doctor.
Dehydration is a concern in children and adults. Younger children are more likely to become dehydrated, especially if the vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea. Sunken eyes, rapid breathing, dry lips and mouth and a rapid pulse are signs your child is dehydrated. IV fluids may need to be given if vomiting prevents hydration.
When to Contact the Doctor
Although nausea and vomiting will normally subside on their own, you should contact your doctor if:
- The vomiting lasts longer than a day or you see signs of dehydration
- Nausea lasts longer than a few days and there is a chance of pregnancy
- Vomiting occurs after sustaining a head injury; you may have a concussion
- Vomiting lasts more than a few hours in children and infants, especially if diarrhea is present or there are signs of dehydration
Blood in the vomit, severe headache or stiff neck, confusion, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain and rapid breathing are signs that immediate medical attention is needed.
Dehydration is a big concern with vomiting, particularly if diarrhea is present at the same time. By contacting Dr. Michael for an urgent care appointment, you will have peace of mind and feel better.