For a larger population throwing up is unpleasant and discomfort able, but at times it’s inevitable. Throwing up is a natural mechanism which the body uses to get rid of toxins and substances that make a person ill, but inducing the vomit needs to be done with extreme care as if done incorrectly, it is seen to cause more harm than benefits.
However, induction of a vomit should be the last option a person should opt to post the advice of a health provider only in the following two instances
- Food poisoning
- Ingestion of non-corrosive products like cyanide, heroin, pills, or other drugs.
It’s always important to know the instances wherein a vomit can be forced or not.
What are the incidences wherein an induced throw up is not safe?
The following are the instances wherein an induced throw up needs to be avoided at any cost.
- Consumption of corrosive or chemical substances.
The poison centers in all the countries recommend refraining from inducing throwing up in the cases of ingestion of chemicals as well as corrosive products due to the following reasons:
- Vomiting corrosive substances like bleach or gasoline are seen to severely damage not only the airways but also the digestive tracts of an individual.
- Throwing up is ineffective in expelling out the poison from the stomach in such cases.
- The poison is seen to travel to the lungs as a person tries to vomit.
- The poison is seen to be absorbed more quickly when vomiting in such cases as the contractions of the stomach is seen to enhance.
- Most of the effective treatments fail to respond if a throw up is forced in such instances.
Predominantly seek medical help immediately after the consumption of chemicals and corrosives and avoid throwing up.
- Ingestion of frothy substances.
Lightweight substances like detergents, shampoos, and soaps. are seen to reach the airways and lungs if a forceful throw-up is initiated and is seen to cause inflammation, swelling, and burns.
- Solid or sharp objects consumption.
Buttons, coins, toys, or rings could not only scratch the throat,
but can also cause injuries, make cuts, or get stuck in the airways.
- Acid liquids intake.
Bleach, pesticides, and acids aggravate chemical burns in the esophagus, throat, and mouth.
- Petroleum products consumption.
Petroleum products like gasoline, solvents, kerosene, paint thinner, and other flammable substances have a high risk of reaching the airways during the vomiting instance causing tears and burns in the throat, mouth, and esophagus.
- Using throw up as a weight-loss technique.
Throw up as weight loss aid is seen not only to cause eating disorders, such as bulimia, malnutrition, teeth ailments but also can endanger a life in rare cases.
- Pregnancy and throw up
Refrain from forcing a vomit in pregnancy as it not causes dehydration but is also seen to deprive essential nutrients to the growing infant if done on a regular basis.
When is it safe to throw up?
Predominantly the following instances are considered safe to induce a throw up:
- When the body doesn’t auto initiate vomiting during the instances of eating spoiled or rotten food that starts to make a person sick.
- Consumption of noncorrosive substances.
- Intake of excessive alcohol making a person feel extremely low is automatically seen to provoke vomiting in many people.
It is always safe to seek permission from a physician and a poison control center prior to an episode of a forceful vomiting.
What are the safe methods that aid in a forceful throw up?
The following methods are safe to induce a forceful throw-up.
- Index finger usage.
One of the quickest methods to vomit forcefully is to use the clean fingers to trigger the gag reflex.
- Wash the hands and trim the nails to avoid scratching of the throat.
- Fasten long hairs to avoid disturbances.
- Choose a comfortable place to throw up. like a toilet, a bucket, or one of those great disposable vomit bags.
- Select a comfortable position so that the no extra pressure is exerted on the abdominal or stomach area.
- Insert the index finger into the mouth and reach towards the back of the throat.
- Press the finger down in the back of the throat as far as needed to trigger the gag reflex.
- Once the nauseated feeling is initiated, remove the finger quickly as there are chances of an immediate throw up.
- Repeat the procedure once again if nausea doesn’t result in a throw-up.
- Wash the hand’s post vomiting.
- Rinse the mouth with plain water to expel out the leftover stomach acid from the mouth and throat.
- Refrain from brushing the teeth until 30 minutes after the throw-up session as the enamel are seen to sensitive post the contact with the stomach acid.
- If the gag reflex is not triggered by using this method, opt other solutions mentioned below.
- Watch other people vomit.
Another quick nausea feeling inducer is to watch other people throw up in person or through videos. Predominantly an effective outcome is obtained when the index finger method is combined with this process.
- Consume emetics
Emetics are over-the-counter drugs that induce vomiting by enhancing stomach contractions. However, studies indicate that high doses of emetics are toxic. Hence refrain from stocking these drugs at home. To prevent side effects, consume this drug in small amounts. The emetics are commonly available in the form of tablets or syrups. Follow the instructions mentioned on the bottle.
- Drink one to two glasses of water post consumption of an emetic syrup.
- If vomiting is not initiated 30 minutes post the dose consumption, repeat the dose.
- If the second dose also fails, seek medical help immediately.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women and children below the age of 12 are recommended to avoid emetics.
- Emetic syrups are seen to cause drowsiness, dizziness, rashes, and allergic reactions.
- Drink aerated beverages like Coca-Cola
Predominantly aerated drinks have a fizzing property which is seen to be a handy tip in the induction of vomiting. The bubbles in the coke are seen to aid in relieving an upset stomach and when consumed without the bubbles in intervals, alternating it with water, these drinks are seen to discomfort the stomach and indirectly induce a throw up. This remedy is quite effective in cases of food poisoning.
- Saltwater ingestion.
A glass of warm water mixed with 2-3 teaspoons is an excellent homemade emetic to induce vomiting quickly. The waiting time for the remedy to work post consumption is 20 to 30 minutes. The excessive sodium chloride in the stomach is seen to activate throwing up. This is an effective technique to get rid of most of the stomach’s contents.
- Egg whites gargling.
Most people fail to bear the taste of raw eggs in their mouth, hence this is a suitable option to induce vomit.
- Slightly beat the egg whites of 2 to 3 eggs inside a cup.
- Gargle the beaten egg whites slowly until the gag sets up.
- Spit out the gargled egg whites to initiate a throw-up and if the first attempt fails, repeat the process for a couple of times until it works.
- This method is a yesteryear technique to induce vomiting as first aid for poison intake.
- Expose oneself to unpleasant smells and sights.
Predominantly an individual’s brain usually reacts to unpleasant smells and sights by causing nausea. Long exposure to such kinds of sensory stimuli is seen to induce vomit. If this doesn’t work fast, a throw up can be induced by triggering a gag reflex by placing the index finger inside the mouth. This will surely aid in making a person throw up.
- Use a toothbrush.
Using the index finger to trigger a gag reflex is the fastest and easiest way to make oneself throw up. A good alternative to this is the use of one’s toothbrush. Wet the bristles and rub it on the back of the tongue a gag reflex is triggered. Repeat several times until a person throws up, just like the index finger method. It is advisable to thoroughly clean the brush or replace it when done.
- Baking soda consumption.
One of the side effects of consuming excessive amounts of baking soda is nausea and vomiting hence this helps to safely aid in inducing throw ups. All that has to be done to initiate a throw up is to gulp a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda.
What are the age-old remedies that are suggested for a safe throw up?
Folk remedies that help to throw up are not always safe and effective. Predominantly they are seen to cause side effects that an individual needs to take into consideration before trying them.
Anecdotally, these remedies have successfully helped people
to throw up easily, but no scientific evidence to date back up their safety.
Some of the most common recommendations include:
- Mustard solution
The unpleasant taste of the mustard solution is seen to induce a vomit.
- Consume a glass of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of mustard spread
- The remedy works post 30 minutes.
No scientific evidence to date supports the effectiveness or guarantees the safety of this remedy usage.
- Bloodroot herb
A medicinal herb used by the Native Americans not only to treat fever and cancers but also to induce vomiting.
- Boil a teaspoon of bloodroot roots in one cup of water.
- Allow steeping for 20 minutes.
- Strain the tea and consume warm.
Note:Toxic components of the bloodroot make it unsafe to use. High concentrations of bloodroot are also seen to cause death hence consult take medical advice prior to the use of bloodroot.
- Overindulging in food
Pieces of evidence recommend overeating as a way to induce nausea and vomiting. This method is highly ineffective as it seen to promote the absorption and digestion of the substances that a person is trying to get rid of. Severe discomforts are experienced if this method fails to induce a throw-up.
What are the possible side effects of a throw-up?
Throwing up has been found to have the following side effects:
The body is found to lose significant water content during a vomiting session.
- Burns in the esophagus.
The stomach acid is seen to lead to a condition termed “esophagitis”. The symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and burns in the esophagus.
Some of the throw-ups tend to reach the airways and lungs, causing aspirational pneumonia. Aspiration is also seen to cause swelling and infections in the airways.
- Tooth enamel erosion.
Stomach acid is often seen to soften and erode the tooth enamel.
- Tears in the esophagus.
This is a severe side effect whose occurrence is very rare. If an individual vomits violently and forcefully, the chances of an esophagus tear enhance. Esophageal rupture is seen to cause the leakage of saliva, food, and vomit to into the chest cavity and this condition should immediately be brought to the notice of a health professional.
What are the pointers that an individual needs to follow post a throw-up?
The post care after a throw up plays a pivotal role in relaxing and healing the airways and the digestive tracts.
The below pointers effectively help to recover after a throw-up.
- Mouth rinsing
It is commonly recommended to rinse the mouth thoroughly with plain water post a vomiting session. Doing this helps not only to remove the leftover stomach acids of the mouth as well as the protects the tooth enamel.
Predominantly brushing the teeth post 30 minutes of a throw up is effective in protecting the tooth enamel.
- Drink water in small portions
Sipping plain or lemon water slowly post a nauseated session is recommended to rejuvenate the lost body fluids.
Note: Refrain gulping fluids at a faster pace, as doing this aggravates the nausea feeling.
- Consume bland foods
Consumption of bland foods post vomiting is ideal not only to heal the stomach but also helps in a faster digestion. Binge on bland foods like banana, oatmeal, rice water, soups, puddings, and yogurt for a faster recovery.
- Ingestion of herbal teas
Herbals teas are an excellent source for improving and protecting the digestive tract.
Studies indicate that ginger, chamomile, fennel, citrus fruits, artichoke, and Melissa tea are the teas that aids in a smoother digestion. Ginger tea consumption is exclusively effective at fighting nausea and chamomile tea is seen to reduce spasms.
- Get adequate rest
Throw-ups makes the body lose nutrients and fluids. Hence, the body requires time to rest and recover. Staying in bed and taking naps to allows the body to recover faster.
When to consult a doctor post a throw up session?
The following experiences need to be addressed to a doctor:
- Nausea lasting for more than a few days or a possibility of pregnancy.
- Personal treatments are ineffective, suspicion of dehydration or a known injury that has caused vomiting.
- Vomiting that lasts for more than a day or is accompanied by diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours.
- For babies vomiting that lasts for more than a few hours, diarrhea, signs of dehydration, fever higher than 100 °F (38 °C), or failing to urinate for six hours medical help needs to be obtained.
- For children above six years, vomiting that lasts for 24 hours, diarrhea combined with vomiting lasting for more than 24 hours, signs of dehydration, fever higher than 102 °F (39 °C) or the no urination for six hours needs to be reported.
Immediate medical help needs to be sought in the following cases:
- Presence of blood in the vomit (bright red or “coffee grounds” in appearance).
- Severe headaches or neck stiffness.
- Lethargy, confusion, or a decreased alertness.
- Severe abdominal pain.
- A fever over 101 °F (38 °C).
- Rapid breathing or pulse.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Can vomiting occur if a person skips food?
A. Yes, the stomach tends to accumulate stomach acid and this makes a person vomit.
Q. What if the vomit emerges out of the nose?
If it does, a slight burning sensation may be experienced, as the vomit travels up the sinuses. Make sure to blow the nose out later, and taking a hot shower also aids to clear out the nose.
Q. What if I a person has not experienced thrown ups for long time spans? Is it a bad thing?
A. Not at all. It just means that the person has not ingested anything that is harmful to the body and hasn’t acquired any sickness to cause vomiting.
Q. Why does the stomach feel weird post vomiting?
A. This is normal. It just means the stomach may be empty or is tired/strained from contracting while vomiting.
Q. What needs to be done if a vomit gets stuck in the throat?
A. Open the mouth and cough forcefully. The swift passage of air will probably incite vomiting.
Q. Why do frequent throw ups yield in watery vomits?
A. The stomach is trying to expel the toxins out of the body hence it is more of a safety clean. The water is also seen to provide a media to assist with the vomiting.
Q. Why should an individual prefer short and lighter meals post a throw-up session?
A. Bigger meals are harder to digest and are seen to make a person feel to re-throw up.
Table of Contents
- 1 What are the incidences wherein an induced throw up is not safe?
- 2 When is it safe to throw up?
- 3 What are the safe methods that aid in a forceful throw up?
- 4 What are the possible side effects of a throw-up?
- 5 What are the pointers that an individual needs to follow post a throw-up?
- 6 When to consult a doctor post a throw up session?