Ocala Doctors

When our tummies rumble and the reason is not hunger there are a few unpleasant realities and possibilities we must consider. When it comes to what is in our stomachs the contents are going to exit in one of two places - sometimes unfortunately at the same time. We are hardly the picture of health when we experience liquid spewing from both ends.

Vomiting and diarrhea are no fun for anybody, ever. And there could be many reasons for such digestive distress. There are 80 conditions associated with diarrhea and nausea or vomiting including food poisoning, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, the flu and many, many more. The presence of both vomiting and diarrhea simultaneously may be a cause for concern, especially if it is sudden in onset and violent or explosive.

Vomiting and diarrhea may arise suddenly and usually lasts for a few days at most. In many cases, episodes of diarrhea and vomiting are self-limiting, and do not last long. Diarrhea and vomiting are very common symptoms . However, in other cases, they may worsen and indicate a serious underlying condition that needs medical attention.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the two most common reasons for vomiting and diarrhea in adults include stomach flu and food poisoning. But vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by a number of things, including bacteria, viruses, eating too much or too fast, eating too many sweets and even motion sickness.

The most important thing you can do when suffering from vomiting and diarrhea is to keep taking small sips of fluid so you do not become dehydrated. Drink water, diluted fruit juice or semi-skimmed milk. A sweet drink can be useful for replacing lost sugar and a salty snack, such as a packet of chips or crackers, can help replace lost salt.