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Dr. James Krick
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Vomiting Blood (Overview)

Vomiting blood = hematemesis. This may be due to serious medical condition.


Dr. James Krick
73 Doctors shared insights

Vomiting Blood (Overview)

Vomiting blood = hematemesis. This may be due to serious medical condition.


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What does it mean when vomiting blood?

What does it mean when vomiting blood?

Not good: Can be different problems like stomach ulcer or esophageal varices, but if you are vomiting blood you need to go to er asap. ...Read more

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Dealing with Emesis (Checklist)

Stick to clear liquids, like ice chips and popsicles
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Drink small amounts of fluids frequently
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Avoid solids until you're able to go several hours without vomiting
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Start with a very bland diet once you're able to eat
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Can I die from vomiting blood if I ignore it, if it was just a little blood?

Can I die from vomiting blood if I ignore it, if it was just a little blood?

Yes: You could have an ulcer that isn't bleeding that bad right now. However, if ignored, the ulcer can worsen leading to a hemorrhage from an underlying blood vessel. Mortality is increased in this setting. ...Read more

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I'm 7 weeks pregnant and lastnight I was vomiting blood, amoungst my food of course. Is this normal?

I'm 7 weeks pregnant and lastnight I was vomiting blood, amoungst my food of course. Is this normal?

Not normal: No, it's not normal, but if it only happened once, you should be ok. If you keep vomiting blood, however, you should get checked. A Mallory-Weiss tear is a tear in the esophagus from recurrent severe vomiting (retching) and may need treatment. ...Read more

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Treating Nausea & Vomiting (Checklist)

See your doctor to diagnose the reason for your nausea
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Avoid any foods or activities that aggravate your nausea
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Take any prescribed medication as directed
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If you dive yourself to a hospital vomiting blood what will they do? Like priority, tests, ect?

If you dive yourself to a hospital vomiting blood what will they do? Like priority, tests, ect?

If you are actively: Vomiting up significant amounts of blood - would encourage you to call 911 rather than driving yourself. Significant vomiting could prevent you from being attentive to driving. One could also lose consciousness from severe rapid blood loss. Now - if you just have little bits of blood mixed in with vomitus - that is a different thing. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What does it mean when vomiting blood?

Not good: Can be different problems like stomach ulcer or esophageal varices, but if you are vomiting blood you need to go to er asap. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
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See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
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Take your medication as instructed without fail
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Is vomiting blood out indicate a serious problem?

Is vomiting blood out indicate a serious problem?

Yes, a serious one: You need to consult a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. You have a serious physical problem that needs high-level professional attention. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
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Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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Is vomiting blood more than once a day a serious problem?

Emergency: It's a medical emergency! Without waisting any time, go to the nearest er immediately. If your condition does not allow you to drive or if you don't have a drive, please call 911. You better be safe! ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Can I die from vomiting blood if I ignore it, if it was just a little blood?

Yes: You could have an ulcer that isn't bleeding that bad right now. However, if ignored, the ulcer can worsen leading to a hemorrhage from an underlying blood vessel. Mortality is increased in this setting. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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What causes vomiting blood, I'm so scared and don't know what's wrong with me!

What causes vomiting blood, I'm so scared and don't know what's wrong with me!

Blood means ER: If vomiting blood, docs want to make sure the patient is stable & managed emergently if they are not. Most commonly blood in vomit may come from an ulcer, inflammation of the esophagus or stomach, or a tear in the esophagus usually associated w/vomiting. Other causes may be trauma to the back of the throat or mouth or from the lung blood & is noted in vomit. No dilly dally w/this; to er time. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Could stress cause vomiting blood?

Could stress cause vomiting blood?

Err on cautious side: Vomiting blood is not something to chalk up to stress! it requires urgent evaluation. Stop nsaid's, alcohol, tobacco ; head straight to the emergency room please. Once your hemodynamics are stabilized, the next step is to determine source ; control bleeding ;/or prevent rebleeding. ...Read more

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Why am I vomiting blood with my toothache?

Go to an ER: If you are vomiting blood you need an emergency evaluation. Go to an er asap. ...Read more

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I'm vomiting blood and I'm bulemic. Are they related?

I'm vomiting blood and I'm bulemic. Are they related?

Probably: Regular irritation of the esophagus and throat by vomiting can result in many health problems, including GERD and lesions with bleeding. Best to see your doctor and a therapist who specializes in eating disorders.
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Is vomiting blood a normal part of the detox cleansing process?

Is vomiting blood a normal part of the detox cleansing process?

No: If you're detoxing from alcohol, the vomiting might be related to the withdrawal process. The blood is likely coming from areas in the GI tract that were inflamed from alcohol, tobacco, Aspirin or whatever. If you see more than just streaks of blood, you should be evaluated urgently. Your detox should be supervised by a physician. ...Read more

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Vomiting blood after all food has been vomited. I force myself to stop even though I need to continue to vomit. What can cause this?

Mallory-Weiss tear?: A mallory-weiss esophageal tear may develop after vigorous retching. Brisk red bleeding however should not be ignored or dismissed. Old blood may look like coffee-grounds, and be dark-colored. Oozing, small volume bleeds may be diluted by other stomach contents and may look like streaks, clots, or pink-tinged material. Any of these descriptions deserve evaluation--bleeding is never "normal.". ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more