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Alternate Names : Throwing UP, Emesis

Vomiting | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention depends on the cause. For instance, avoiding alcohol can prevent vomiting due to alcohol. Avoiding extreme exercise can prevent vomiting due to exercise. In most settings, vomiting cannot be avoided, but can often be treated.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Prolonged vomiting can lead to dehydration and salt imbalances. Most other long-term effects are related to the cause. For instance, food poisoning usually goes away within 48 hours and causes no long-term effects. On the other hand, cancer may result in death.

What are the risks to others?

Vomiting itself is not contagious and poses no risk to others. However, if the cause is an infection, the infection may be contagious.

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Vomiting: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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