Vomiting and Diarrhea Treatment in Powdersville, SC
If you or a family member is unwell and experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, you can try to treat it at home, or just get professional care here at AFC Urgent Care in Powdersville. We’re able to see patients of any age without the need for an appointment, so we’ll be able to tend to you right away, and we’ll have you back home and feeling better just as quickly. Come see us today for treatment in Powdersville, SC.
Should I go to the doctor if I throw up?
This is a good question, and the answer is that it depends. It depends on a few factors, like whether the vomiting is accompanied by nausea. If so, and if it has been lasting for longer than a week or if there’s a possibility of pregnancy, you should go to the doctor. Vomiting usually gets better within 6 to 24 hours, and usually can be treated at home. However, you should see a doctor if home treatment doesn’t work, if dehydration is occurring too, if an injury or infection is what caused the vomiting, or if it lasts for longer than a day.
It’s necessary for an infant or child to see a doctor in certain circumstances too. It’s necessary to go to the ER (emergency room) if any life-threatening or possibly life-threatening problems occur, like:
- Blood in the vomit
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
- Lowered alertness
- Severe pain in the abdomen
- Rapid breathing/pulse
- Vomiting accompanied by a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Vomiting accompanied by diarrhea
What do I do if I throw up my medication?
This is another great question, and once again, the answer is that it might depend. Generally, if a medication was in your stomach for fewer than 20 minutes before you vomited, it’s safe to take another dose, but this may not be the case, depending on the medication. It might be a good idea to call your pharmacist, your primary care physician, or our clinic and ask about your medication and whether it would be safe to take another dose after vomiting.
How do I stop diarrhea right now?
There are a few ways to stop diarrhea right away, so let’s talk about them. One way is to get anti-diarrheal medication. In many cases, only one dose is necessary to relieve diarrhea, so this can be especially effective if you have this medication handy or are outside your home and near a store where you can buy some.
Another method is rice water. You can make your own with rice. Rice water will help to prevent dehydration and reduce the duration of the diarrhea. Certain foods may provide quick relief from diarrhea, like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, saltine crackers, clear broth, and potatoes.
In some instances of diarrhea, like when there’s an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, taking a probiotic supplement or eating a probiotic food, like probiotic yogurt, can help. In other instances of diarrhea, antibiotics may be necessary, or it might be best to go to urgent care.
When should you go to urgent care for diarrhea?
You should go to urgent care for diarrhea if:
- Your diarrhea has lasted for over two days
- You have severe pain in your abdomen or rectum
- You have blood in or a black color to your stools
- You have a fever of over 102 F
- You’re dehydrated as a result of your diarrhea
You should take your child to a doctor immediately if:
- Your child’s diarrhea hasn’t improved after a day
- Your child hasn’t had a wet diaper in over 3 hours
- There is blood in or a black color to your child’s stools
- Your child is unusually sleepy, irritable, or unresponsive
- Your child’s abdomen, eyes, or cheeks have a sunken appearance
- Your child’s skin doesn’t flatten if it’s pinched and released
- Your child has a fever over 102 F
- Your child has any signs of dehydration, like a dry mouth or tongue, or like crying without tears
For diarrhea, vomiting, and any non-emergency situation, come see us here at AFC Urgent Care Powdersville. We can see you right away, right on the spot, without the need for an appointment. You’ll find our clinic over at 3613 Highway 153 Powdersville, SC 29611, and we’re open for you 7 days a week! You can call us for any reason at (864) 307-8840.