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A 42-year-old member asked:

is it bad to make yourself vomit?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Vomit: Yes it is. The only time its okay is if you accidentally ingest a poison of some sort.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Generally, yes: Self-induced vomiting is generally not a good idea: it deprives your body of the nutrition contained in the food you throw up; acid from stomach can erode enamel off teeth, leading to tooth decay. Violent vomiting can damage the esophagus resulting in tears & possibly bleeding, which may need surgery to repair. Repeated self-induced emesis may be a symptom of an eating disorder.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

How far does vomit have to go to be projectile?

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Several feet: Projectile vomiting is the forceful expulsion of vomit, usually several feet away. Typical vomiting is several inches away. Projectile vomiting in a young infant can be a sign of pyloric stenosis and must be promptly evaluated.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is vomiting a prominent symptom of nec?

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A 54-year-old member asked:

I am getting so anxious lately that i've been vomiting, what can I do?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Seek help: If you experience severe symptoms of anxiety to the point that they interfere with your life you need to seek professional help. Medication and/or therapy can help.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I get an urge to vomit while i'm at work. Anything I can do?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Find the Cause: You should seek the cause of the urge to vomit and resolve it. Is it a smell?, is it a visual? Is it stress? Once you identify the cause the answer may present itself. If it is the stress on the job that makes you feel this way then you should talk to your supervisor to see if you can resolve it. If that is not possible you may need to seek a new job asap.
A 28-year-old member asked:

I rarely throw up but in the last few hours I have thrown up 5 times. Is there anything I should do?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Stay hydrated: There are many causes to vomiting. Whatever the cause, stay hydrated by taking small sips of water frequently, sucking on ice chips, and eating things like snow cones or similar items. See your doctor if the vomiting goes longer than 24 hours, or if you notice blood or dark "coffee ground" appearing vomitus.

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