Vomiting is a natural reflection of the body to eliminate spoiled food or toxic substances that may be in the stomach, so when it is really necessary, the body automatically causes vomiting. Thus, vomiting should only be induced when there is an indication from the doctor or when something has been eaten that is causing a very intense malaise, which has not improved otherwise.
In situations where someone has ingested a poisonous substance or some type of irritating liquid, such as cleaning products, the ideal is not to cause vomiting, as this liquid will have to pass through the throat again, which can cause more damage. Ideally, in these situations, go to the hospital immediately, to start the most appropriate treatment.
5 steps to induce vomiting correctly
To cause vomiting correctly and avoid much discomfort or serious complications, one must :
1. Wash your hands thoroughly
Washing your hands is always very important, as it prevents the transmission of bacteria and other microorganisms to the throat, preventing the appearance of infections such as tonsillitis, for example.
2. Kneel in front of the vase
Getting on your knees in front of the vase is one of the most comfortable and safe positions to vomit, however, you should avoid putting too much pressure on your belly, as it can cause even more discomfort.
3. Put your finger in your throat
At the beginning of the throat there is a point that can be tightened to produce the urge to vomit. To do this, you must place your finger inside your mouth and then apply a slight pressure to the back of your tongue, in the region where the throat begins. The urge to vomit is almost immediate, but some people may have to do this maneuver 2 or 3 times before they can successfully vomit, as the body can try to block the signal the first few times.
4. Drink 1 glass of water
After vomiting it is very important to drink a glass of water to remove excess gastric acid that sticks to the throat walls and can cause minor burns and inflammation.
5. Wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth
Although after vomiting there is a great need to eliminate the flavor that remains in the mouth, it is best to just rinse with water, as the lining of the teeth is sensitive when it comes in contact with the contents of the stomach. Therefore, one should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing one's teeth.
Possible risks of causing vomiting
One of the biggest risks of vomiting is the possibility of developing pneumonia. This is because when you vomit the contents in your stomach, it goes back to your mouth and, in the process, it may happen that some of this content is aspirated into your lungs. If this happens, inflammation will occur and the bacteria in the digested food may develop in the lung, causing pneumonia.
However, frequent vomiting can also cause damage to the esophagus and mouth, as they are places with very sensitive mucous membranes that are not prepared to come into direct contact with gastric acid.
Which can cause vomiting?
Although the urge to vomit is relatively common, there are situations in which it can be a sign of changes in the body. Some are:
- Serious abdominal problems, such as appendicitis or intestinal obstruction;
- Changes in the digestive system, such as food poisoning or ulcer;
- Changes in the nervous system, such as meningitis, hydrocephalus or tumors;
- Pregnancy, especially after the 6th week of gestation;
- Use of medications, like Digoxin, Codeine or chemotherapy.
Although there are some situations in which vomiting can be induced without major risks, if the urge to vomit arises very often and does not improve, or is accompanied by other signs such as blood or a foul smell, it is important to go to the hospital to assess the situation.
When not to cause vomiting
Vomit should never be used as a way to remove food eaten from the stomach just because it has eaten too much. If this is happening frequently, it is possible that you are suffering from bulimia, a type of eating disorder in which the person causes vomiting after eating so as not to get fat.
In addition, if you have drunk any poison or cleaning product, you should not vomit either, as there is a very high risk of causing burns to the esophagus.
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