Treat Nausea and Vomiting
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Nausea is most often traced to a viral infection or "stomach flu" that produces a queasy stomach, increased salivation, and sweating. When the nausea intensifies, you may begin to vomit. The condition can also be the result of medications, stress, food poisoning, or a head injury. Because nausea and vomiting can be connected with so many medical problems--some of them serious--it's important to watch your symptoms closely. The most dangerous threat posed by vomiting is dehydration, which can occur quickly in young children and older adults. Severe dehydration can be life-threatening, and symptoms should be carefully monitored.
Signs of Dehydration
- Unusual thirst.
- Sunken looking eyes.
- Dry mouth and cracked lips.
- Less frequent urination or dark yellow urine.
- Skin that is no longer elastic
Signs of a More Serious Medical Condition
- Coffee ground looking vomit.
- Vomiting bright red blood.
- Abdominal pain is sever or pain is localized in one area.
- Vomiting is accompanied by headache and stiff neck.
Some nausea and vomiting can be traced to food poisoning, which is often confused with viral stomach flu. Certain foods, when not stored or handled properly, are breeding grounds for bacteria that can inflame the intestines.
Signs of Food Poisoning
- Your symptoms are shared by others who ate the same food.
- Nausea and vomiting begin six to 48 hours after eating food that may not have been stored correctly.
How to Treat Nausea and Vomiting
- 1For the first 12 to 24 hours, slowly sip liquids.
- 2Take a few sips of liquid at a time and increase gradually.
- 3Sip fluids even if you can't keep anything down for long.
- 4Suck ice chips if no other liquids stay down.
- 5Do not eat solid foods while vomiting persists.
- 6Resume your regular diet several days after symptoms have ceased.
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- As symptoms improve, offer butter-less rice, potatoes, or noodles.
- You can also try crackers or toast when symptoms improve.
- It's important to be alert for serious and sudden complications.
Questions and Answers
I have been vomiting and I am 13 weeks pregnant?
This happens to some women even in their 13th week of pregnancy. Vomiting or known as the morning sickness would continue on the 12th up to the 14th week of pregnancy. This is known to be related to the hormonal changes occurring in the woman's body. For some, it can also be associated to lack of Vitamin B6 which causes nausea in pregnant women.