Diarrhea Treatment Specialist in Downtown Long Beach CA, Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Huntington Beach CA, and Paramount CA
If you or a loved one is suffering from the discomfort of diarrhea and vomiting, come to Reddy Urgent Care to get relief today. Our physicians can develop a treatment plan that is right for you to help you get back to being you. Call our team of healthcare professionals or visit us online to book an appointment. Consider visiting one of our locations in Downtown Long Beach CA, Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Huntington Beach CA, and Paramount CA.
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Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of illnesses or an adverse reaction to a medication. It can also be induced by eating spoiled food, known as food poisoning. Although most instances of diarrhea and vomiting are not always emergency situations, they can be the cause of more serious conditions, especially with trace amounts of blood.
While most of the time vomiting isn’t serious, you should go to the doctor if you exhibit any of these symptoms:
– Vomiting blood or bile
– Weight loss
– Severe abdominal pain
– Fever, neck stiffness, reluctance to look at light
– Increasing weakness/loss of consciousness
– Continuous or worsening vomiting after 48 hours
This situation depends on the type of medication you are taking, but there are a few good rules to follow. You may also want to talk with your doctor when your medication is prescribed, in case something like this happens. In any case, if you can see the medication in your vomit, it should be safe to re-dose as it hasn’t been absorbed by your body yet. If it has been less than 30 minutes after taking the pill, yet you can’t see it, you should take the pill again as it hasn’t passed through the stomach yet. If it has been more than 90 minutes, definitely do not take the pill again as it has likely been digested already.
If you are unsure, contact your doctor and provide them with as much detail as possible, like the time between when you took the medication and when you threw up. Also, tell them what medication it was, and they will weigh the risks of missing a dose or doubling a dose, as these outcomes have vastly different effects on every person.
Vomiting and diarrhea can be a cause for concern. Certain situations are even more severe and need to be treated in an emergency room, which includes:
– When there is blood found in your vomit
– When you become severely dehydrated
– When you recently traveled to another country
– When you suffer from severe abdominal pain
It is important to be able to assess the cause and severity of your vomiting and diarrhea as it is easier to manage and treat the symptoms if they are dealt with early. In most cases, you can treat your vomiting and diarrhea at home. However, if your symptoms begin to worsen or last for an extended period, visit an urgent care center.
Once your gut is ready “to go” (especially with diarrhea), there is very little you can do at that moment to stop the process. It is often better to just go. Trying to hold it in can be painful and cause other discomforts. However, you can try taking these steps to alleviate and help symptoms subside:
Slow your breathing: Taking slow, deliberate breaths while expanding your abdomen (instead of your chest) can help reduce symptoms and regulate homeostasis. If expanding your abdomen feels awkward, it is okay. Just work on slowing down your breathing.
Stay distracted: Many people find that fixating on their abdominal issues tends to exacerbate the problem. Instead, make sure you are finding ways to stay distracted.
Eat some bread: For lots of people, bread has a natural tendency to decrease diarrhea (assuming you are not sensitive to it). It also serves as an effective distraction (hint to the suggestion above) while promoting blood flow to your GI tract through chewing, reactivating this system.
If you or someone you know is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, come to Reddy Urgent Care today! We have certified specialists to help get you back on the path to health! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We serve patients from Downtown Long Beach CA, Paramount CA, East Side CA, Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Huntington Beach CA, and Los Altos CA.