Vomiting is often due to an irritated stomach or indigestion. However, there are many other causes of vomiting. On the other hand, nausea is the feeling of wanting to throw up. If vomiting is from an irritated stomach or gastroenteritis the vomitus will consist of ingested food and acidic gastric juice. If vomiting is due to biliary or gallbladder, urinary and lower abdomen problems, the vomitus will appear yellow to greenish in character. For gallbladder problem, there will be an accompanying pain on the right upper side of the abdomen. Vomiting due to urinary or pelvic problems will be accompanied by pain at the lower abdomen or difficulty of urination. If the vomiting is from an obstruction of the gut or intestines, the vomitus can contain fecal material. Lactose intolerance or gastrointestinal allergy from specific foods can also manifest as vomiting.
Aside from abdominal problems, other causes of vomiting are eye problems like nearsightedness or astigmatism, pregnancy, over consumption of alcohol, too much food intake, head trauma or neurologic problems, side effect of certain medications or vitamins and toxicologic problems like lead or other toxic substance poisoning. Usually, there are other signs and symptoms that will explain vomiting. For eye or neurologic problems, there will be dizziness or headache.
Home remedies for vomiting to consider when it occurs:
- If a person vomits several times, or worsened by food intake, then let the stomach rest first for four to six hours.
- The person may then take small frequent meals.
- If a person can take liquid, let him drink clear water and take an oral rehydration fluid to prevent dehydration.
- Avoid gastric irritant foods and beverages like:
- Fatty foods- refrain from choosing oily and greasy foods like what we usually eat in fast foods (i.e. French fries, hamburgers, fried chicken) and anything that undergoes frying.
- Spicy foods- meals that are highly seasoned with chili and pepper.
- Acidic foods- processed meats like longganisa, ham, sausage and bacon, nuts, dairy products and some fruits.
- Alcoholic beverages- like beer, rum, wines and liquors are stomach irritant and make your upset stomach worsen.
- Caffeinated drinks- coffee, tea and cola drinks belong to this group. Aside from the caffeine that is present and is known as a nerve stimulant, this group of drinks is highly acidic and causes gastric irritation.
- Let the person rest because vomiting may be a tiring experience
- You can try some of these home remedies found in the kitchen:
- GINGER-for an instant relief, try any of these: ginger tea with a little sugar, ginger bread or fresh ginger slices with salt.
- ONION- a mixture of a teaspoon of onion juice with a teaspoon of grated ginger will cure vomiting.
- ANISEED-make an herbal tea by putting half teaspoon of aniseed in a half cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, strain and sip.
- CLOVE- by chewing raw cloves, it may stop vomiting.
- MINT- one tablespoon of dried mint tea leaves placed in a cup of boiling water for 30minutes, strain and drink it. You can chew the boiled mint leaves.
- CUMIN- a tea out of one teaspoon cumin seeds and a pinch of nutmeg in a cup of boiling water may help. Or you can eat half tablespoon of grounded cumin seeds with water.
- LEMON JUICE-place a few drops of lemon on a cup of water. Add a half teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of baking soda.
- VINEGAR- freshen your breath by rinsing it with half teaspoon of vinegar diluted in one half cup of water. The stinky smell of vomit in your mouth might initiate vomiting.
- But if you considered all the home remedies for vomiting, then further investigation must be done by a physician.
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