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Acute Nausea and Vomiting

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What does acute mean?

Acute means the nausea and vomiting starts suddenly, gets worse quickly, and lasts a short time.

What are some common causes of acute nausea and vomiting?

What causes acute nausea and vomiting with other signs and symptoms?

You may have stomach pain or problems with digestion. You may be sweating, have pale skin, and more saliva than usual. These signs and symptoms may be caused by the following:

How is the cause of acute nausea and vomiting diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell him or her if the vomiting was before, during, or after a meal. Your provider may ask what medicines you take, including over-the-counter medicines. You may need blood tests to check for infection or inflammation.

How is acute nausea and vomiting treated?

Vomiting may go away on its own. The goal of treatment is to prevent dehydration. Treatment also depends on the cause of the nausea and vomiting. Any medical condition causing your nausea and vomiting will also be treated. You may need one or more of the following:

What can I do to manage acute nausea and vomiting?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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