Vomiting & Diarrhea Treatment in Santee, CA
If you or a loved one is suffering from the discomfort of diarrhea and vomiting, come to AFC Urgent Care to get relief today. Our physicians can develop a treatment plan that is right for you to help you get back to being you. Schedule an appointment online with one of our professionals or call today for more information.
Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of sicknesses, or an adverse reaction to medication. It can also be induced by eating spoiled food, known as food poisoning. Although most instances of diarrhea and vomiting are not always emergency situations, they can be the cause of more serious conditions, especially with trace amounts of blood.
Should I go to the doctor if I throw up?
While most of the time vomiting isn't serious, you should go to the doctor if you exhibit any of these symptoms:
- Vomiting blood or bile
- Weight loss
- Severe abdominal pain
- Fever, neck stiffness, reluctance to look at light
- Increasing weakness/loss of consciousness
- Continuous or worsening vomiting after 48 hours
What do I do if I throw up my medication?
This situation depends on the type of medication you are taking, but there are a few good rules to follow. You may also want to talk with your doctor when your medication is prescribed, in case something like this happens.
Contact your doctor and provide them with as much detail as possible, like the time between when you took the medication and when you threw up. Also tell them what medication it was, and they will weigh the risks of missing a dose or doubling a dose, as these outcomes have vastly different effects on every person.
When should you go to urgent care for diarrhea?
Vomiting and diarrhea can be a cause for concern. Certain situations are even more severe and need to be treated in an emergency room, which include:
- When there is blood found in your vomit
- When you become severely dehydrated
- When you recently traveled to another country
- When you suffer from severe abdominal pain
It is important to be able to assess the cause and severity of your vomiting and diarrhea as it is easier to manage and treat the symptoms if they are dealt with early. In most cases, you can treat your vomiting and diarrhea at home. However, if your symptoms begin to worsen or last for an extended period, visit an urgent care center.
How do I stop diarrhea right now?
Once your gut is ready to go (especially with diarrhea), there is very little you can do in that moment to stop the process. It is often better to just go. Trying to hold it in can be painful and cause other discomfort. However, you can try taking these steps to alleviate and help symptoms subside:
Slow your breathing - Taking slow, deliberate breaths while expanding your abdomen (instead of your chest) can help reduce symptoms and regulate homeostasis. If expanding your abdomen feels awkward, it is okay. Just work on slowing down your breathing.
Stay distracted - Many people find that fixating on their abdominal issues tends to exacerbate the problem. Instead, make sure you are finding ways to stay distracted.
Eat some bread - For lots of people, bread has a natural tendency to decrease diarrhea (assuming you are not sensitive to it). It also serves as an effective distraction (hint to the suggestion above) while promoting blood flow to your GI tract through chewing, reactivating this system.
If you or someone you know is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, come to AFC Urgent Care today! We have certified specialists to help get you back on the path to health! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!