Surprising Facts About Vomiting That You Never Knew!

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Surely, most of us would have experienced vomiting sometime in our lives. Are you curious to know about a few interesting facts on vomiting?

Well, right from a young child to an old person, anyone regardless of the age and gender can experience vomiting.

Vomiting can be best described as a condition in which a person empties the content of his/her stomach, voluntarily or involuntarily, through the mouth and sometimes through the nose.

Vomiting is induced when the muscles of the stomach contract and then suddenly release, causing the expulsion of undigested food and stomach fluids through the oesophagus and mouth.

Usually, vomiting is accompanied by nausea, a sensation of unease, when the person realises he/she is about to throw up.

Vomiting can be caused by various reasons like indigestion, motion sickness, pregnancy, certain medications, viral flu, food poisoning, gallbladder issues, overeating, concussion, gastritis, etc.

Side effects of vomiting can be chest pain, stomach pain, sore throat, etc., which are induced due to the forceful expulsion of stomach content.

So, here are a few interesting facts about vomiting, have a look.

Fact #1

facts about vomiting

Many a times, people feel that vomiting is only due to viral flu, especially in babies; however, it can also be caused by acid reflux, migraine and strep throat.

Fact #2

facts about vomiting

The fact is, it is important to check the colour of your vomit, even though it can be unpleasant, because if your vomit is black or bright red in colour, your blood could be mixed with it and you may need medical attention.

Fact #3

facts about vomiting

Another fact about vomiting is that it is not always a bad thing, sometimes, vomiting is the body's way of getting the infection out of our system!

Fact #4

facts about vomiting

There is a type of phobia known as emetophobia, which is a fear of vomiting or seeing someone else throw up, which can induce panic attacks in a person suffering from this phobia.

Fact #5

facts about vomiting

Another fact about vomiting is that it can be fatal, if not treated at the right time, especially if it is intense and continuous, as it may cause extreme dehydration, even leading to organ failure.

Fact #6

facts about vomiting

There is a condition known as cyclic vomiting syndrome, in which a person experiences recurring episodes of vomiting and nausea with no apparent reason.

Fact #7

facts about vomiting

Yet another fact about vomiting is that people suffering from anxiety and depression can also experience it often due to the chemical changes that take place in the brain.

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Story first published: Monday, October 3, 2016, 20:30 [IST]
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