Vomiting and Diarrhea Treatment Questions and Answers
When you’ve got the runs or you can’t keep anything down, it is normal to feel like you are a shell of your usual self. While this happens to pretty much everybody at least once in their life, it does not always require medical treatment. However, if your vomiting or diarrhea does not improve and has a few extra symptoms tagging along, be sure to seek medical attention. Our board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners at AFC Urgent Care would be more than happy to help! For more information, please call us! We serve patients from Loxahatchee Groves, FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Wellington FL, Century Village FL and Lake Park FL.
Should I go to the doctor if I throw up?
A little bit of vomiting doesn’t necessarily signal an urgent visit to the doctor, as it is normal to experience vomiting once in a while when you get sick. However, if vomiting continues for more than 24 hours, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If you are unable to make a same-day appointment with your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic such as ours at AFC Urgent Care is a great option! Emergency rooms are not recommended because of long wait times and high costs, unless your condition is life-threatening. You should also see your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms in addition to throwing up:
- Blood in vomit (coffee grounds appearance)
- Confusion or excessive fatigue
- Head injury
- Fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or more
- Rapid breathing or pulse
- Severe abdominal pain, headache, or stiff neck
What do I do if I throw up my medication?
Your medication may be the reason why you threw up in the first place! As such, review any information that came with the medication to see if there are any directions to follow after vomiting or if it is safe to take with food. You can also call your pharmacist for instructions on what to do or call us at AFC Urgent Care and we will help you know what to do. It usually takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to properly digest the medication, so if you vomited more than 20 minutes after you took the medication; it is not recommended to take another dose.
When should you go to urgent care for diarrhea?
Just as vomiting does not immediately require medical attention, the same goes for the occasional bout of diarrhea. Whether you ate something disagreeable or are experiencing high stress, minor diarrhea is perfectly normal, if not uncomfortable, to experience. That said, if you have had six or more loose stools in 24 hours or your diarrhea has not subsided within two days, it is time to go to the urgent care clinic for medical attention. You should also go to an urgent care clinic if you the following symptoms occur with your diarrhea:
- Black, bloody, or tarry-looking stool
- High fever
- Mouth sores
- Presence of pus or mucus in stool
- Unbearable rectal or stomach pain
- Weight loss
How do I stop diarrhea right now?
When you have diarrhea, there is usually one thing on your mind: how to make it stop! There are a few helpful things you can do to firm up your stool, such as eating foods that are high in fiber, starch, and probiotics. Many health professionals recommend the BRAT diet, which is an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Make sure you avoid alcohol, caffeine, fried food, and anything that often gives you an upset stomach. It is also important to drink plenty of fluid so that you stay hydrated! There are some over-the-counter medications to help manage diarrhea, as well, such as Imodium or Pepto-Bismol.
If you need help managing vomiting or diarrhea, our medical experts at AFC Urgent Care can provide fantastic treatment! You can find our clinic at 15689 Southern Blvd, Suite 101, in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida.