Vomiting & Diarrhea Treatment in Phoenixville, PA
There is nothing quite like vomiting and diarrhea to make you feel like a husk of a person! Although it is normal to experience vomiting or diarrhea from time to time, it sometimes requires medical care and attention. If you need to see a doctor about vomiting or diarrhea treatment, our board-certified physicians and medical professionals at AFC Urgent Care in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, can help! For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online!
Should I go to the doctor if I throw up?
You don't need to go to the doctor right away if you throw up, as it is quite normal to experience vomiting when you are sick occasionally. However, if vomiting lasts for more than 24 hours without improving, then a visit to the doctor is in order! If you have a newborn or toddler that is vomiting, you should bring them to see a doctor if it has not subsided within six hours. It is best to see a doctor that day, so if you cannot see your primary care physician, an urgent care clinic is a great alternative! Other signs that you should visit a doctor for throwing up include the following symptoms:
- Blood in vomit
- Confusion or severe fatigue
- Head injury or trauma
- High fever at or above 102 degrees Fahrenheit
- Rapid breathing or heart rate
- Severe abdominal pain or headache
- Stiff neck
What do I do if I throw up my medication?
If you have a pamphlet or any information along with your medication, you can review that to see if there are any instructions about vomiting after taking your medication. It might be worth seeing if it is okay to eat something while taking the medication, in case it was the culprit for your vomiting.
When should you go to urgent care for diarrhea?
Just as occasional vomiting is not an immediate medical concern, the occasional bout of diarrhea should not alarm you! Although it may certainly feel alarming to experience, diarrhea is quite common. That said, if it has been two days and you are still spending a large chunk of your day in the bathroom, or if you have had six loose stools in 24 hours, you go to an urgent care clinic at your earliest convenience. Other concerning signs with diarrhea that warrant a visit to an urgent care clinic include the following symptoms:
- Blood or mucus in your stool
- Extreme abdominal or rectal pain
- Fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Frequent vomiting
- Weight loss
If you have a newborn or toddler that is experiencing diarrhea, you should bring them to an urgent care clinic if they have any of the above symptoms or have been experiencing diarrhea for at least six hours.
How do I stop diarrhea right now?
Nobody who has diarrhea feels great about it continuing for any amount of time; that much is certain. As such, it makes sense to feel a little desperate about making it stop! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to put an end to what might feel like a river flowing through you. While you may not feel like eating, stopping diarrhea has a lot to do with what you put in your body! Many health and nutrition experts recommend the BRAT diet, which is an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Foods that contain plenty of fiber, starch, potassium, and probiotics are beneficial for the war you wage on diarrhea! In order to prevent dehydration, you should also drink plenty of fluids. You can also take some over-the-counter medication, such as Imodium or Pepto-Bismol.
For effective treatment and thorough evaluation of any vomiting and diarrhea you are experiencing, we welcome you to AFC Urgent Care! For an appointment, come to our clinic at 265 Schuylkill Road in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on weekends from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The number to reach us is (610) 935-4740.