Vomiting and diarrhoea are common symptoms that can occur together. They both are the body’s way of getting rid of harmful substances.
There are several types of causes for vomiting and diarrhoea together, including:
- Gastroenteritis: an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasite.
- Food poisoning: consuming contaminated food can cause both vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Medications: certain medications can cause stomach upset and lead to both vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance: difficulty digesting certain sugars or proteins can lead to stomach upset and both vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Alcohol overconsumption: excessive drinking can cause stomach irritation and lead to both vomiting and diarrhoea.
Symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea together include nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, and fever.
Diagnosis of vomiting and diarrhoea typically involves a physical examination, and may include tests such as stool sample test, blood tests, and imaging tests like a CT scan or MRI.
Treatment for vomiting and diarrhoea depends on the underlying cause and can range from over the counter medications such as anti-diarrheal medications and anti-nausea medications, to antibiotics for bacterial infections or antiviral medications for viral infections. In most cases, the symptoms will resolve on their own, but in some cases, hospitalization may be necessary for rehydration and treatment of underlying conditions.
It’s important to note that persistent vomiting and diarrhoea can lead to dehydration, so it’s important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water and electrolyte solutions. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist or worsen.
To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.
To learn more about appendicitis, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych