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Dr. James Lin
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Purging (Overview)

Purging is a symptom in which a person clears his body of "undesirable" stuff, usually meaning intention vomiting to empty the stomach, but can also be the clearing of his bowels by using laxatives. The eating disorder called bulimia involves rapid over-eating (binging), followed by intentional vomiting (purging).


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What is purging?

What is purging?

Bulimia?: Purging is usually associated with an eating disorder called bulimia. Purging means making yourself vomit usually by sticking your finger into the back of your throat. Someone with bulimia binges on food then purges to get rid of it. There are all kinds of problems associated with this and someone who is doing this needs to see a psychiatrist ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
71 doctors shared insights

Purging (Overview)

Purging is a symptom in which a person clears his body of "undesirable" stuff, usually meaning intention vomiting to empty the stomach, but can also be the clearing of his bowels by using laxatives. The eating disorder called bulimia involves rapid over-eating (binging), followed by intentional vomiting (purging).


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How do I stop myself from purging?

What's on your mind?: Purging, whether it presents in anorexia or bulimia, is an attempt to cope or help yourself in some way. Bulimia can be a way of calming down, of symbolically getting rid of emotions, and of expressing emotions. Those who purge often think it's about food and weight, but it's usually rooted more deeply. Identify what you are thinking and feeling before you purge, and find new ways to respond. ...Read more

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What is the home remedies for purging?

What is the home remedies for purging?

See a professional : There are no home redoes and you need help. Find a good counselor experienced in eating disorders ...Read more

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What can happen as a result of purging?

A lot: Depend on how much and how often, but frequent vomiting can lead to dehydration and vitamin deficiencies. Frequent purging can cause sores on your fingers. It is best to see a psychiatrist to help you have a better self image. A nutritionist could help you with your diet ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of purging?

Can be Quite Serious: Purging is very unhealthy. When done on a regular basis it can cause serious health problems There can be electrolyte imbalance and malnutrition which can lead to life threatening complications. It can also cause serious dental problems. A physical evaluation and close medical followup along with mental health care should be the plan of action. ...Read more

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What can I do to distract myself from purging!?

Purging: It is a complex outcome of psychological and chemical processes in the brain. Psychotherapy, group psychotherapy sometimes inpatient, partial or iop treatment maybe needed. It may be an indication of severe ocd and anxiety spectrum disorder managed by ssris along with benzodiazepines and sometimes with atypical antipsychotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the signs of purging?

Can you tell me which are the signs of purging?

Rapid eating and: going to bathroom soon after. Smell of vomit, discolored teeth enamel, callouses on fingers or knuckles, use of laxatives, diuretics and/or enemas, secretive about eating behavior, dehydration and fatigue. Purging is a sign of Bulimia Nervosa and needs immediate evaluation by a psychiatrist due to risks of life threatening electrolyte imbalance as well as other serious medical conditions. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop daughersbinging and purging?

Get help: Get her to a specialist for eating disorders. This may need to be inpatient or partial hospital. Medications can help with the depression and anxiety, and therapy help with the self esteem and binging issues. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are easy foods for purging?

None: No not get into this sort of behavior. I suggest getting into therapy to work on the underlying causes for asking such as question. This sort of behavior can easily get out of control and become life threatening. For example lowering your potassium level and causing cardiac problems. It can also ruin your enamel of your teeth. ...Read more

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Cant stop purging, suggestions on getting over this?

Cant stop purging, suggestions on getting over this?

Binging/purging: Even with professional help, it is a slow process of recovery. A trained professional can help you explore the dynamics behind the behaviors, instead of just treating the symptoms. ...Read more