Vomiting is the forcible emptying of stomach contents through the mouth. Vomiting is not a disease; it is, however, a symptom of many other possible conditions. These conditions can include infections such as stomach flu, food poisoning, overeating, blocked intestine, concussion or brain injury, appendicitis and migraines. Sometimes it is the result of other serious illnesses such as cancer, kidney or liver disorders or heart attacks.

The causes of vomiting differ according to age. For adults, vomiting is commonly a result of a viral infection, food poisoning, motion sickness or illnesses in which the person has a high fever. For children, it is common for vomiting to occur because of a viral infection, food poisoning, motion sickness, overeating or feeding, coughing or illnesses in which the child has a high fever. If the vomiting is persistent and holding fluids is a problem, dehydration may occur.

You should see a doctor if:

  • Vomiting lasts for more than a few hours
  • High fever
  • Lack of urination
  • Blood in vomit
  • Diarrhea is combined with vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Confusion
  • Abdominal pain


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