We can all agree that vomiting is not a pleasant experience. But when vomiting is accompanied by high fever, severe stomach pain, or dehydration, emergency care becomes necessary.
Many conditions can cause you to experience nausea and vomiting. The most common reason points to viral gastroenteritis, an irritation and inflammation of your digestive tract. Norovirus tends to promote vomiting in adults, while children experience rotavirus.
For personal emergency care and treatment for vomiting, visit a Dignity Health St. John's ER. Our emergency doctors can help relieve your discomfort with care and humankindness.
When to Go to the ER for Vomiting
Often vomiting subsides within a couple of days. Symptoms can lead to fluid loss and dehydration, especially in infants, children, and seniors. To check for dehydration, gently pinch the skin to see if it remains raised, a sign of dehydration.
Along with dehydration, if you experience these other symptoms with vomiting, seek emergency treatment:
- Not able to keep liquids down
- Vomiting blood
- Severe pain in your abdomen
- High fever
- Vomiting more than two days
While visiting a Dignity Health St. John's ER, know that our emergency doctors provide medical treatment with care, dignity, and respect. Your comfort and healing is our focus.
Vomiting Treatment at Dignity Health St. John's
For a viral infection, your doctor will recommend plenty of fluids and rest until your body rids the virus. Ice chips, oral rehydration beverages, sports drinks, and clear sodas and broth help restore lost fluid. Small, frequent amounts are best to prevent an upset stomach.
Antibiotics are the most effective method for treating bacterial infection symptoms. Fluids, rest, and nonprescription medications typically relieve viral symptoms.
The best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands throughout the day to avoid getting sick and spreading infections.
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health St. John's for education and regular wellness exams to help you live a healthier life.