Stomach and Digestion Problems

Stomach and digestion problems can be very debilitating, MeeDoc is here to make access to doctors and nurses possible from the comfort of your home or while you are traveling and treatment for all types of stomach disorders is only a chat or video call away.

Nausea

Nausea is a feeling of sickness that often makes the patient feel as if they are going to vomit. There are many reasons why someone could become nauseous including viruses, pregnancy, motion sickness, or being sensitive to some medicines.

The best way to treat nausea is to:

  • Eat slowly
  • Consume liquids between meals
  • Eat small meals
  • Rest after eating, while keeping head elevated above feet

Prolonged nausea could be a sign of serious medical concerns. If you have prolonged nausea, seek the advice from one of our medical professionals.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is a condition where someone is frequently passing very watery and loose stools. There can be many causes of diarrhoea and studies show that adults, on average, experience this condition 4 times a year. Diarrhoea tends to go away in 2 to 3 days in adults.

However, you should always call a doctor if a child has:

  • Had diarrhoea for more than 24 hours
  • Has a fever
  • Has a bloody or black stool
  • Or is showing signs of dehydration
  • For adults call a doctor if:
  • Diarrhoea lasts longer than 2 days
  • If stools are bloody or black
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Experiencing abdominal or rectal pain
  • Frequent reoccurrences

Vomiting

Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of the stomach’s contents through the mouse and sometimes nose. There is a wide range of causes for vomiting including food poisoning, pregnancy, motion sickness, viruses, medicine, bacteria in foods, and even head injuries could cause vomiting.

The best way to treat vomiting is to drink clear liquids and avoid solid foods until the episodes have passed. However, you should seek medical attention if vomiting lasts more than 24 hours or dehydration symptoms begin to present themselves.

For a child less than 6 years old you should always seek medical attention if

  • Vomiting for more than 4 hours
  • Accompanied by diarrhoea
  • Shows signs of dehydration
  • Has not urinated in 4 hours
  • In adults seek medical attention if:
  • There is blood in the vomit
  • Accompanied by a headache or a stiff neck,
  • Patient is lethargic
  • Experiencing severe abdominal pain
  • Showing signs of rapid breathing or pulse.

Constipation

Constipation is a condition that causes difficulty in emptying the bowels.

Frequent causes of constipation are:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Low fibre diets
  • Change in routine, i.e. travel
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Stress
  • Sensitivity to dairy products

Adding exercise, high fibre foods, and increasing water intake is a common treatment to remedy constipation. However, if constipation lasts for three weeks or more it is recommended you call a doctor. You should call a doctor immediately if there is blood in your stool, if you suddenly lose weight, or have severe stomach pains.