Vomiting is a reflex response which causes the contents of the stomach to come out through the mouth. This reflex is involuntary and can be caused by different kinds of conditions. In normal circumstances, vomiting immediately stops once all the contents of the stomach are expelled out, but sometimes it can be persistent and uncontrolled. It can be caused by gastric infection or eating contaminated food. On the other hand, uncontrolled vomiting can be caused by certain conditions and can also have a high risk of esophageal tear or internal bleeding. To learn to recognize and manage digestive issues including uncontrollable vomiting, sign up for a first aid class with a credible provider near you.
Causes of uncontrollable vomiting
- Food poisoning or infection of the stomach results in uncontrollable vomiting and feeling of nausea and can be linked with other symptoms such as diarrhea, loss of appetite and fever.
- Medications used in chemotherapy and radiotherapy can also cause uncontrolled vomiting and the symptoms linger after the treatment is completed.
- Pregnant women can also experience uncontrolled vomiting caused by changes in the hormonal profile of females and usually happens during the first trimester or continue throughout the pregnancy. This condition is known as hyperemesis gravid which is a serious condition.
- Uncontrolled vomiting can be caused by gallbladder disease, appendicitis and Crohn’s disease.
- Uncontrolled vomiting can be caused by conditions such as a heart attack, injuries in the head, hyperthyroidism, meningitis, throat infection and kidney failure
- Bulimia nervosa which is an eating disorder, anxiety disorders and even depression can cause uncontrolled vomiting.
- Cyclic vomiting syndrome or severe dehydration can cause uncontrolled vomiting.
Treatment and home remedies
- Eat small amounts during meals at regular duration throughout the day and eat in a slow manner.
- Eat foods that are easy to digest such as boiled vegetables and avoid heavy foods such as grains, meat, chicken and fruits.
- Avoid eating foods that are warm instead stick with foods at room temperature or cold.
- Drink soda or fresh fruit juices when there is an urge to vomit since they help suppress the urge.
- Sit erect at least half an hour after eating meals and avoid lying down.
Other remedies for uncontrolled vomiting
- Using ginger is good for the digestive system and it is a natural anti-emetic in preventing vomiting. Mix 1 teaspoon of ginger juice and lemon juice and drink it for several times a day. Another option is ginger tea mixed with honey or use fresh ginger with or without honey.
- Boil 1 cup of rice in 1 ½ cup of water and strain the solution and drink to lessen the urge to vomit caused by gastritis.
- Boil 1 cup of water and add ½ or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Let it precipitate a few minutes and strain the water, then add a tablespoon of honey and sip it slowly. It helps in calming the stomach and treat nausea and vomiting caused by some digestive disorders.
- Add a tablespoon of dried mint leaves in a cup of hot water and allow to precipitating for 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink the tea to provide relief from vomiting caused by an upset stomach.