Nausea and Stomach Illness/Ailment

Vomiting Treatment | Nausea | Stomach Ailment

Persistent vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and gastrointestinal distress may indicate a more serious underlying problem.

Our on-site lab helps identify the underlying cause of your symptoms. Our emergency care experts will be able to evaluate all of your symptoms and lab results.

Once we diagnose we should be in a position to distinguish between viral gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”), food poisoning, or something else.

Signs to be aware of:

  • Blood or dark material in the vomit
  • Potential sources for poisoning
  • Vomiting for 24 hours or longer
  • Unable to keep fluids down for 12 hours or more
  • Lack of urination for 8 hours or more
  • Severe Pain
  • Crying without tears or dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes or skin that doesn’t bounce back from a pinch

Nausea

Nausea is one of this issues where there are many variations of how ‘serious’ a situation is. As you think of it, there are essentially four choices when it comes to dealing with nausea: ride it out on your own, visit your doctor, go to an urgent care, or get to an emergency room.

Riding it out on your own could be dangerous. Your doctor may not be able to get in you soon enough. If you feel you need immediate attention, come see us. How do you know if you need immediate attention? Call 911 or get to Surepoint Emergency Center ASAP if nausea is accompanied by other warning signs such as:

  • Confusion
  • Chest Pain
  • Fecal odor or material in the vomit
  • Fainting
  • High fever and stiff neck
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Cold, Clammy, pale skin

Abdominal Pain

If you’re primarily dealing with abdominal pain, then it might be something other than a stomach ache. An intense localized pain, either in the right lower region or right upper region can point to issues with your appendix or gall bladder and might require immediate surgery.

Dehydration Concerns

One thing to be especially cautious of during this time of distress is becoming dehydrated. The 12-hour rule we mentioned above regarding the ability to keep fluids down is a good barometer of how serious a problem you may have.

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