Why do I keep throwing up everything I eat?

In this brief blog, we will answer the query,”Why do I keep throwing up everything I eat?” We will also look at the causes of throwing up. We will discuss if throwing up is harmful to your health and how to treat it. We will also look at what to do after throwing up.

Why do I keep throwing up everything I eat?

Throwing up after eating may be caused by a variety of factors and is usually as a result of the immune and/or nervous system triggering the vomiting reflex.

Some common causes of vomiting in adults are:

  • Food poisoning from bacteria and viruses such as gastroenteritis.
  • Overindulgence in a substance such as overconsumption of alcohol or smoking a lot of weed
  • Medical conditions such as being pregnant, vertigo, migraines and motion sickness
  • Some medications can also induce vomiting such as side effects of undergoing chemotherapy
  • Intense pain can also signal your brain to release a chemical that stimulates vomiting

Is throwing up harmful to your health?

Vomiting is generally considered harmless although if it persists it may be a signal of presence of a serious illness. Some chronic illnesses that have nausea and vomiting as a symptom include; intestinal blockage, appendicitis, meningitis, concussions and brain tumors. 

Severe vomiting can also result in dehydration; this is particularly risky in young children who also have diarrhea as they cannot effectively communicate their symptoms. Therefore adults that take care of sick children should take note of symptoms of dehydration which include sunken eyes,dry lips and rapid breathing or pulse.

In infants, you can check for decreased urination and a sunken fontanelle which is the soft spot on the baby’s head.

In pregnant women, regular and recurrent vomiting can result in a chronic condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

This condition can result in dehydration, loss of weight and also electrolyte and mineral imbalances which can risk the life of the unborn child. 

In some rare cases, excessive vomiting can tear the lining of the esophagus called Mallory-Weiss tear. When raptured this is a fatal condition and medical emergency which is known as Boerhaave’s syndrome.

How is throwing up treated?

Some treatment of vomiting irregardless of age and the cause include:

  • Taking large amounts of clear liquids gradually.
  • Staying away from any solid foods until the vomiting has cleared.
  • If vomiting and diarrhea persists for more than 24 hrs, you can make or purchase an oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte.
  • If you are pregnant and experiencing morning sickness you can eat some crackers before leaving bed or a high protein snack before sleeping. Some good choices are cheese or lean meat
  • If vomiting is as a result of cancer treatments you can counter it by taking medications to reduce the effect. You can as well find both prescriptions and nonprescription drugs to reduce vomiting from various conditions such as motion sickness, pregnancy and dizziness.

What should I do after throwing up?

Drink some clear liquids

You can start by taking some small sips of water after every 15 mins for the first 3 to 4 hours or suck on some ice chips.

Thereafter it is essential that you take some clear liquids such as water, ginger ales or diluted juices. Avoid solid foods and only eat foods that are in liquid form such as broth and popsicles.

Consume bland foods

Bland foods are easy on digestion and have less damage to the stomach and intestine lining from irritation. So after vomiting, you can ease yourself back into your normal diet by taking small portions of bland foods such as plain oatmeal, plain yogurt, bread, grits and crackers.

Avoid strong odors

Strong odors usually trigger the gag reflex and they are particularly bad for someone who is already feeling nauseous as they can trigger gagging, dry heaving and also vomiting.

Eat small food portions

When you start feeling better, you can start by eating smaller meals, more frequently and start to eat slowly.

Avoid certain foods

It is essential to avoid fatty foods because they are digested much slowly and can result in nausea. Stay away from sugar and caffeinated drinks which can result in dehydration.

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have answered the query,”Why do I keep throwing up everything I eat?” We have also looked at the causes of throwing up. We have discussed if throwing up is harmful to your health and how to treat it. We have also looked at what to do after throwing up.

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