Overview of Vomiting

Vomiting is a loss of stomach contents and fluids from the nose and/or mouth. It happens for many reasons. Should you have concerns or symptoms that are troubling you should seek care or call the Advice Nurse (as listed below) in "How We Can Help." Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the nausea and vomiting. 

Common Causes

Vomiting is a symptom of many conditions. Common causes may include:

  • Viral infections
  • Food poisoning
  • Alcohol
  • Overeating
  • Pregnancy
  • Motion sickness 

Serious Causes

The following causes of vomiting that should be evaluated may include:

  • Concussions or recent head injury
  • Appendicitis
  • Meningitis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Any conditions that may cause ongoing symptoms should be evaluated by a healthcare provider 

When to Seek Care

If you have severe abdominal pain, high fever, symptoms of dehydration such as very dry mouth, very rapid pulse, bloody vomit, dizziness, dark urine or if symptoms are not improving within 2-3 days, consult your healthcare provider. 

How We Can Help

  • If you would like to be seen by our medical staff, please contact our Appointment Desk to schedule an appointment.
  • Also, our Advice Nurse service is available at no charge for all UC Davis students to discuss health concerns and the need for medical care.
  • The Advice Nurse can also walk you through instructions for a food progression (pdf) that may help you recover. If no improvement within 2-3 days, consult your healthcare provider.