How to make yourself throw up? If you ever accidentally ingest something that could hurt you, knowing how to induce vomiting may save your life or it may make matters worse. Whether throwing up will help or hurt you depends on the nature of what you have ingested. In this article, we will go over what you need to know on this topic, and inform you on methods you can use to make yourself throw up (if it is appropriate and safe in the situation).
Note that you should only use techniques to make yourself vomit if you have ingested a substance that you have reason to believe will harm you. If you think you have swallowed poison, you must call the Poison Control Center first, and make sure that throwing up will be the correct thing to do.
You might be able to find the number for the Poison Control Center on the bottle of the product you swallowed, in your local phone book, or online. Remember that you must also seek immediately emergency treatment. In many cases, vomiting alone will not be enough to completely clear the substance from your system.
Examples of Situations in Which It Might Be Appropriate or Helpful to Induce Vomiting
If you believe that you have ingested food or drink that may adversely affect you (for example, that has gone bad and will cause food poisoning), throwing up may be beneficial to you. Contact your doctor or medical professional to find out whether this is the case.
If you have ingested a non-corrosive poison, it is often helpful to induce vomiting. However, you must contact Poison Control to ensure that this is the case for the specific substance you have swallowed. Examples of non-corrosive substances include various kinds of pills, cyanide, and heroin.
Examples of Situations in Which Vomiting Will Make the Situation Worse or May Harm You
Remember to call Poison Control for instructions on what to do if you ingest any of these substances.
It is dangerous to try to vomit after ingesting acid liquids such as pesticides, bleach, and other acid substances. This is because additional and more serious chemical burns may occur in your mouth, throat, and esophagus.
Substances that are able to froth
It is dangerous to try to vomit after ingesting liquids that can froth, as these can get to your lungs and general airways when you throw up. If this happens, serious burns, swelling, and inflammation can occur. Examples of substances that can froth include soaps, shampoos, and detergents.
It is dangerous to try to induce vomiting after ingesting petroleum products such as paint thinner, gasoline, kerosene, solvents, and other flammable substances.
If you try to vomit after ingesting such substances, you will increase the chance that there will be serious burns in your esophagus, throat, and mouth, and you will make it more likely for your airways to be damaged (as the substance may reach them).
Sharp or solid objects
Never even consider trying to throw up after ingesting a sharp or solid object. Doing so could cause the object to become lodged in your airways, or could cause injuries such as cuts.
How To Make Yourself Throw Up Safely
Make a saline solution by mixing warm water (16 ounces) with three teaspoons of salt. It might take up to about 20 or 30 minutes for the saline solution to make you vomit. This method does not work for everybody. If you find it ineffective, try something else instead. Make sure not to drink too much saline solution, as it can be very dangerous.
Using the gag reflex
To use the gag reflex to induce vomiting, you will need to insert your index and middle fingers into your mouth. Carefully wash your hands before doing this.
Put the mentioned fingers on your tongue. Then, move the tips of your fingers along your tongue in the direction of the back of the throat. When you reach the back of the throat on the tongue, press the tongue downwards. If this does not work, use your fingertips to tickle the back of the throat. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after vomiting.
Mix one cup of warm water with one tablespoon of mustard spread. You will need to drink this quickly. If you find drinking this solution very difficult to do, pinch your nose. This will prevent you from perceiving the unpleasant smell.
It might take up to about 20 to 30 minutes for the vomiting to take place. If you find that this method does not work for you, try another one instead. Only use the mustard solution remedy if you have tried other more reliable ones (such as the gag reflex solution) without success.
Slime gag method
Mix together one cup of okra slime with two or three raw egg whites. Okra slime is the liquid you are left with after boiling okra). To induce vomiting, gargle with the mixture until you feel that you will begin to gag. Quickly spit out the solution. If you do not vomit, you can gargle again. If you do not feel comfortable with using raw egg whites, you can just use plain okra slime.
Possible Side Effects of Making Yourself Throw Up
Damage to tooth enamel
The stomach acid present in vomit is damaging to the enamel on your teeth. Enamel is important because it helps to protect your teeth from decay, and gives your smile a shiny, white appearance. When there is acid erosion to the enamel, the teeth tend to look more yellow or gray.
When you vomit, you lose a large amount of water. This can lead to dehydration.
Burns to the esophagus
The stomach acid in vomit can cause burns in the esophagus. This can lead to very serious medical problems, and requires medical attention.
Aspiration occurs when small amounts of vomit get into your lungs and airways. This can lead to inflammation and swelling of the respiratory system, as well a serious condition called aspiration pneumonia. This condition requires immediate medical attention.
Tears in the esophagus (also referred to as esophageal ruptures) are likely to occur when vomiting occurs frequently and/or is very forceful. Esophageal rupture is a very serious condition, and leads to leaking into the chest cavity of vomit, food, and saliva. This condition requires immediate medical attention.
Throwing up on a regular basis could cause you develop a serious problem with acid reflux. This is very damaging to the esophagus and can be debilitating in one’s everyday life.
People who vomit frequently are more prone to developing painful ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.
The body could become accustomed to vomiting
People who throw up frequently find that their bodies become more prone to vomiting on its own. This can create very serious problems, for obvious reasons.
Vomiting causes various imbalances in the body that can easily lead to serious health problems.
Things You Should Do After Throwing Up
Immediately rinse your mouth with water
After you throw up, make sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth and teeth with plain water. This will help remove the acid from your vomit from your teeth, helping to lessen the chances of enamel damage and erosion.
Wait thirty minutes before actually brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth any sooner than that is problematic as it may cause further damage to already softened tooth enamel. Waiting the required thirty minutes will give the enamel a chance to harden.
When you feel less nauseous, sip water in small amounts. Don’t rush this process too much, as doing so may cause your nausea to reoccur.
Choose bland foods
For several hours after you vomit, you will probably want to stick to eating bland foods. Bland foods are easy to digest, and they lack the acidity that can aggravate your stomach and cause nausea. Examples of bland foods include yogurt, banana, puddings, oatmeal, soups, and rice water. If you are allergic to diary, you could try a plant-based yogurt.
Herbal teas are very soothing to the digestive system. They can actually help to improve digestion generally. Examples of herbal teas that are beneficial to the digestive system include citrus fruits, ginger tea, fennel tea, and chamomile tea.
Home Remedies for Nausea
It’s likely that you’ll feel a bit nauseous for a while after vomiting. Below are some good home remedies for dealing with a sickly stomach.
Ginger promotes the neutralization of stomach acid by causing the secretion of certain digestive enzymes. Ginger is also able to relax the muscles of the stomach. There are several different ways you can take ginger. You can grate a bit and put it in tea or soup, slowly nibble small amounts of it raw, or take ginger capsules.
Use clean fingertips or cotton swabs to apply peppermint oil to your gums. Gently rub it in.
Cut a slice of fresh lemon, and immediately breathe in its fragrance. You might also find it helpful to add a tiny bit of lemon to a cup of herbal tea (such as ginger tea).
Milk is helpful because it coats the stomach. Bread is also useful for dealing with nausea as it absorbs extra stomach acid. Warm a single cup of milk and then put it in a bowl. Scrape a little bit of butter (preferably unsalted) on a slice of toast, and then crumble the toast. Add the toast crumbles to the milk. Eat this mixture very slowly.
Cinnamon tea helps to soothe the stomach. Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a single cup of boiling water. Let this steep for several minutes, and then strain the liquid. Slowly sip the liquid.
Mix half a teaspoon of clove powder with a single cup of boiling water. Let this steep for several minutes, and then strain the liquid. Sip this liquid very slowly.
Chop up several different vegetables (such as celery, onions, corn, tomatoes, and carrots), and add them to water with a little salt and pepper and/or garlic. Make a vegetable broth with this mixture, in a large saucepan or pot on the stove.
Take a dose of Eno. Eno is an over-the-counter remedy that can be found at your local drugstore.
Open a window and breathe in some fresh air. If you feel well enough, think about going for a very short walk outside. Make sure to stay close to home.
Slowly sip some fizzy soda water. Many people find this to be a very effective remedy for nausea.
Many people find that eating raspberries helps with nausea.
Slowly eat crushed cumin seeds. The seeds and oil in them will be helpful in soothing your stomach.
Some people find sipping apple juice to help with nausea. You could mix in a little bit of ginger to make this remedy more effective.
Breathe in the fragrance of an essential oil, such as spearmint oil, peppermint oil, lemon essential oil, lavender oil, or dandelion oil.
Mix two teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves with one cup of boiling water. Let this infuse for at least 15 minutes.
Wild yam root
Look for wild yam root capsules or tincture at your local health food store. Make sure to read the instructions on the bottle or jar.
Slowly eating oatmeal will help to coat and soothe your stomach. To make this remedy more effective, add in some milk (if you do not have a lactose allergy).
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