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Evaluate Your Vomiting

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Updated April 18, 2013

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Vomiting and Other Symptoms

Do You Have Diarrhea?

Vomiting and diarrhea occurring together typically indicate some sort of stomach virus.

Fever?

A fever is another common symptom of a stomach virus. When it occurs with diarrhea and vomiting and you have no other symptoms, you can probably take steps to treat yourself at home unless you believe you are dehydrated.

However, if you have a high fever and vomiting without diarrhea, this could be an indication of a more serious illness. Determine if you have any other symptoms and check with your health care provider.

Painful urination?

Fever, vomiting and pain when urinating are all symptoms of a urinary tract infection. If you believe you might have a urinary tract infection, you will need to see your health care provider to be tested and treated with antibiotics.

Headache?

A severe headache and vomiting can be a sign of a very serious illness such as meningitis. It can also be a sign of increased pressure of the brain. If you have a very severe headache and are vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.

If you have been vomiting frequently, have diarrhea and have now developed a headache, you may be dehydrated. Contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

Cough and Congestion?

If you or your child are congested and are also vomiting, these can be symptoms of influenza (the flu). Vomiting is not common with the flu for adults, but occurs more frequently in children. If you believe you or your child may have the flu, contact your health care provider. If your symptoms have started within the past 48 hours, you may be a candidate for antiviral medications that might help you feel better a little faster.

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