Vomiting, or throwing up, is usually brief and harmless. Most people vomit when they have a bacterial or viral infection, like the stomach flu. No matter the cause, vomiting is an unpleasant experience and our trained emergency services staff is ready to help.
To understand the cause of your vomiting, use our online waiting tool InQuicker to schedule an estimated arrival time to our emergency department. Skilled nurses and doctors at Dignity Health provide 24/7 care for severe vomiting at our convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland.
When to Seek Emergency Care for Vomiting
In some cases, vomiting can be a serious health concern. Continuous vomiting can also lead to dangerous complications, such as dehydration.
Seek emergency care right away if you experience vomiting with:
- Signs of dehydration, which include dark urine, thirst, dizziness, and no wet diapers for three hours in children
- High fever
- Bloody vomit
- Severe abdominal pain
- Vomiting that lasts for than two days
- Inability to keep down liquids
Preventing & Treating Vomiting at Dignity Health Southern California
In our emergency department, you can expect a full range of services that aim to decrease the vomiting, treat dehydration, and understand the cause. Your doctor may recommend blood tests or other exams depending on all of your symptoms.
There are also steps you can take at home to prevent and ease vomiting. These vomiting remedies may be part of your plan of care after leaving our emergency department.
If a virus is the cause, follow these tips to rehydrate your body until the virus is gone:
- Don’t drink large amounts at once
- Suck on ice chips and slowly drink clear sodas, sports beverages, or broths
- Don’t use anti-nausea medicines unless prescribed by your doctor
- Gradually resume a normal diet 24 hours after vomiting stops
At Dignity Health Southern California, healing guides our philosophy of care. Your emergency doctor will focus on treating the underlying cause of your vomiting. When you need expert, specialized care for vomiting in Southern California, trust our dedicated emergency services team.
The emergency services staff at Dignity Health treat vomiting in Southern California with compassion and expertise.