Throw Up is a natural reflection of the body to eliminate spoiled food or toxic substances that may be in the stomach and, therefore, when it is really necessary, the body automatically causes Throw Up. In this way, the vomit should only be induced when there is an indication from the doctor or when he ate something that is causing a very intense discomfort, which did not improve in any other way.
In situations in which someone ingested a poisonous substance or some type of irritating liquid such as cleaning products, the ideal is not to cause Throw Up, since that liquid will have to go back through the throat, causing more damage. Preferably, in these situations, go immediately to the hospital to start the most appropriate treatment.
If you are in a condition where it is necessary to vomit, see below the steps to follow so that this action is carried out safely and avoid complications due to bad technique:
To cause Throw Up correctly and avoid many discomforts or serious complications, you should:
Washing hands is always very essential, as it prevents the transmission of bacteria and other microorganisms to the throat, preventing the emergence of infections such as tonsillitis, for example.
Kneeling in front of the toilet is a more comfortable and safe position to vomit, though, you ought to avoid putting too much pressure on the belly, as it can cause even more discomfort.
At the start of the throat, there is a point that can be tightened to produce the urge to vomit. For that, you should place your finger inside the mouth and then make a minor pressure on the backside of the tongue, in the region where the throat begins. The urge to vomit is almost immediate. However, some people may need to do this maneuver 2 or 3 times before getting successful throw-up, as the body may try to block the signal the first few times.
After Throw Up, it is very important to drink a glass of water to remove excess gastric acid remaining in the walls of the throat, and that can cause small burns and inflammation.
Though, after throw up there is a must to remove the taste that remains in the mouth, it is best to swish with water, because the coating of the teeth is sensitive when it comes into contact with the contents of the stomach. In this way, you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
One of the greatest risks of Throw Up is the possibility of developing pneumonia. This happens because when it vomits the content that is in the stomach returns to the mouth and, in that procedure, it may happen that some of that content is sucked into the lungs. In case that happens, it will produce inflammation, and the bacteria that are in the digested food can develop in the lung, causing pneumonia.
However, frequent Throw Up can also cause lesions in the esophagus and in the mouth, since they are places with very sensitive mucous membranes that are not prepared to come into direct contact with gastric acid.
There are situations in which the urge to vomit is a sign related to alterations in the body; these produce the action of Throw Up involuntarily, such as:
Abdominal emergencies: as appendicitis or intestinal obstruction;
Alterations of the digestive tract: food poisoning, peptic ulcer;
Alterations in the central nervous system: tumors, meningitis, hydrocephalus;
Pregnancy: they are frequent in the mornings, and it is one of the most known symptoms of pregnancy, they usually appear after the 6th week of gestation and can last throughout pregnancy;
Medications: some of them have the adverse effect of Throw Up such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, digoxin, codeine, colchicine, theophylline, as well as those related to chemotherapy such as cisplatin, dacarbazine, and nitrogenous mustards.
Although there are some situations in which Throw Up can be induced without great risks, in case the urge to vomit arise very frequently and does not improve, or is accompanied by other signs such as Throw Up with blood or foul odor, it is important to go to the hospital to evaluate the situation. See what are the main causes of Throw Up.
Throw Up should not at all be used as a way to return food eaten in the stomach just because it ate too much. If this happens frequently, you may be suffering from bulimia, a type of eating disorder in which the person causes Throw Up after eating so as not to get fat. Learn more about the main eating disorders.
In addition, if a cleaning product has been ingested, you should not vomit either, as there is a very high threat of causing burns both in the stomach and at the level of the esophagus.