Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea

Nausea is a feeling of uneasiness of the stomach. It is often accompanied by the urge to vomit.
Vomiting is a forcible purging of the contents of the stomach through the mouth.
Diarrhea is a loose, watery bowel movement.

These three conditions are common digestive disorders and are often related.

Symptoms may be caused by:

  • Viral and Bacterial Infections
  • Over Eating
  • Food Poisoning
  • Pregnancy
  • Toxins, Medications and Alcohol
  • Motion Sickness
  • Emotional Stress
Symptoms may also indicate more serious conditions:
  • Heart Attack
  • Concussion or Brain Injury
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Blocked Intestine

In healthy people these digestive disorders are relieved as the causes of the symptoms are overcome. However, dehydration is a concern with vomiting and diarrhea, especially in infants and children. Dehydration can lead to passing out and heat stroke.


Symptoms

Upset stomach, throwing up, loose and/or watery stools. Signs of dehydration include: dry mouth, increased thirst, fatigue, headaches and dizziness.


When to See a Doctor

  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasts more than 24 hours
  • There are signs of dehydration
  • In infants, decreased urination and a sunken soft spot on the top of the head
  • Infection, or head injury
  • Blood in the vomit or stool
  • Severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • Dizziness, severe headache or stiff neck
  • Lethargy, confusion, or decreased alertness
  • Rapid breathing or pulse
  • Black tarry stools

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