Should I go to the provider if I throw up?
This depends on factors like if your throwing up is accompanied by nausea. If so, and if it has been continuing for over a week or if there's a possibility of pregnancy, then you should go see a provider. Generally, in most cases of vomiting, it improves with 6 to 24 hours and can be treated at home, but you really should see a provider if treatment at home doesn't work, if you become dehydrated, if what caused your vomiting was an injury or infection, or if your vomiting lasts for more than 24 hours.
In many instances of an infant or child vomiting, it's necessary to go to the provider. Also, it's necessary for you to go to the ER (emergency room) for vomiting if any of the following problems occur with you:
- Blood in your vomit
- Severe abdomen pain
- You also have a stiff neck
- Your level of alertness has decreased
- Rapid pulse/breathing
- Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Severe headache
- Diarrhea accompanies the vomiting
What do I do if I throw up my medication?
This is a good question, if you throw up your medication it is a good idea to call your pharmacist, your primary care provider, or our clinic and ask what to do in situations like these.
How do I stop diarrhea right now?
One option is to take anti-diarrheal medication like Pepto-Bismol. Typically, only one dose is necessary. If you have this medication handy or can pick some up, it might be your best bet.
There are other options too. One is to drink or make your own rice water with rice. Rice water can help to prevent dehydration and reduce the duration of the diarrhea. Another option is to eat foods like applesauce, bananas, rice, toast, clear broth, saltine crackers, and potatoes which can provide quick relief. In some cases of diarrhea, eating a probiotic food (like probiotic yogurt) or taking a probiotic supplement will help. In other cases, it may be necessary to get antibiotics.
When should you go to urgent care for diarrhea?
You should go to urgent care for diarrhea when you have:
- Had it for more than 2 days
- A fever over 102 F
- Any blood in your stools
- Any black color to your stools
- Severe pain in your abdomen or rectum
- Dehydration because of the diarrhea
Also, you should take your child to a provider immediately if your child has:
- Not gotten any better after 24 hours
- Been seeming very sleepy, irritable, or unresponsive
- A sunken appearance to the abdomen/eyes/cheeks
- Not had a wet diaper in 3+ hours
- Blood in or a black color to their stools
- Skin that doesn't flatten when it's pinched and released
- A fever of 102 F or over
- Signs of dehydration, like dry mouth/tongue, or like crying without tears
For minor nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, or any other situation that isn't an emergency, come see us at AFC Urgent Care San Diego. We can see you right away without an appointment, and we're available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm. Please see our Locations page for the clinic location nearest you and its address. We look forward to seeing you soon!