Vomiting becomes a medical emergency?

When does vomiting become a medical emergency and what do they do when you go to the emergency room?


If you start vomiting after a medical day procedure why would you be admitted?

Surely drinking fluids would prevent dehydration

Update 2:

The procedure was a spinal tap. Would the nausea and vomiting that often follows this lead to dehydration

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    It can be urgent when it's extreme and won't stop.

    What they would do is give you nothing by mouth, administer antiemetics, IV fluids and electrolytes, and try to find the cause of the vomiting so it can be corrected.

         After a procedure, it can be somewhat normal to feel nauseous. But I have no idea what the procedure was or what your medical history is. Yes, drinking helps with hydration, but only if you don't vomit up what you're drinking. Something like Gatorade is ideal.

    If you're in a position where you're able to keep fluids down, then hospitalization is not likely to be necessary. What do your discharge instructions say?

        It always depends on the severity. If you're able to keep fluids and electrolytes down, you're unlikely to become severely dehydrated.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    If it goes on for more the 20 hours, or if it's red..

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