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Onlinedoc, General Physician
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If I'm vomiting blood should I go to the emergency ward

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If I'm vomiting blood should I go to the emergency ward
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 years ago.
I understand your concern.
As per your description,you should definitely visit ER if you have persistent vomiting with pain abdomen.
Blood in the vomit can be caused by a few things.
First, it can be caused by violent wretching--this can cause tearing in the esophagus.
Peptic ulcers- Ulcers can result from advil/aspirin use, alcohol or from a bacterial infection called H. pylori.
Bleeding veins called esophageal varices. Usually due to long-standing alcohol abuse or chronic liver disease and bleeding is quite heavy.
If you swallowed blood recently (from a nosebleed) this could also have caused nausea and vomiting blood.
Any time someone has bloody vomit, it has to be checked out.
If you feel normal now, no abdominal pain and no nausea, it can wait until you can see your doctor tomorrow.
If you are still feeling ill and nauseated and vomiting or have abdominal pain, back pain, chest pain or dizziness, I suggest that you go to the emergency room ASAP.
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