Why Are You Vomiting?

Did you know that the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve a razor blade? It's true! But while that powerful gastric acid is helpful for digestion, it can also give you quite the tummy ache. Known in the medical field as "emesis," vomiting can occur for a variety of reasons. 

See below for a list of potential causes of vomiting:

1. Medications
2. Intense pain
3. Gallbladder disease
4. Strong odors
5. Disagreeable sights
6. Excessive exercise
7. Concussion
8. Motion or seasickness
9. Early stages of pregnancy: Nausea occurs in approximately 50-90 percent of all pregnancies; vomiting in 25-55 percent.
10. Emotional stress, such as fear
11. Food poisoning
12. Food allergies
13. Infections, such as the stomach flu
14. Overeating
15. Heart attack
16. Brain tumor
17. Ulcers
18. Some forms of cancer
19. Bulimia, or other psychological illnesses
20. Gastro paresis, or slow stomach emptying (a condition often seen in people with diabetes)
21. Ingestion of toxins, or excessive amounts of alcohol
22. Leaking of stomach contents (food or liquid) upwards, also called gastro esophageal reflux or GERD
23. Chemotherapy or radiation
24. Hepatitis
25. Drug use, especially opiates

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