Throat Hurts After Throwing Up
Throat Hurts After Throwing Up: You’ve just thrown up and now you’re feeling pretty awful — dry heaves? Itchy mouth? Sore throat? Not so bad if it’s only happened once, right? But what happens when your body is forced to vomit repeatedly over time? Turns out, there are some serious consequences that come along with repeated bouts of throwing up.
A recent study published by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine looked into how recurrent vomiting affects people’s throats. The researchers found that after one episode of vomiting, 20 percent of participants experienced soreness or discomfort in their throat for more than two days. And nearly 15 percent said they felt really sick during those two days. In comparison, 35 percent of participants who had never vomited reported throat irritation following an episode.
“The findings suggest that recurrent vomiting has lasting consequences on swallowing function,” write the authors in the paper. “While these results do not imply causation, we hypothesize that recurrent vomiting leads to structural changes to the larynx, pharynx, and upper esophageal sphincter.”
It’s true that the process of vomiting itself can cause swelling, inflammation, and even bruising in the area around the throat and neck. But the new findings show that even if someone does manage to stop vomiting soon enough to avoid major injury, repeated episodes can have long-lasting repercussions.
That means the next time you feel like barfing might be a good day to skip lunch and take it easy anyway.
What exactly causes throat irritation when you throw up isn’t clear, but experts point to several possibilities. One reason could be that the act of vomiting forces your airway closed off, which then prevents saliva from lubricating the food as it moves down your windpipe into your lungs. This lack of saliva could lead to dry mucus membranes (the lining of your windpipe) drying out and becoming irritated.
Another possibility comes from the fact that vomiting disrupts your gag reflex, which allows you to protect yourself from harm by coughing up foreign objects. When your gag reflex is interrupted — say, thanks to nausea medication or something else messing with your gut — your brain doesn’t send signals to cough up any potential hazards. So instead, that foreign object can end up lodging in your throat, leading to further problems. For example, a piece of food could get stuck between your vocal cords, preventing them from closing fully together. Or, if you swallow something sharp, it could become lodged in your throat where it can fester without being removed.
So why would we want our bodies to vomit? There are actually certain situations where vomiting is a helpful response. For instance, if you ate something spicy and it caused acid reflux, vomiting will help flush the offending food particles away before they enter your system and cause trouble. Similarly, vomiting helps remove medications or other toxins from your body, especially when taken orally.
And yet, most doctors agree that frequent vomiting should be avoided because it can also make things worse. If you experience constant heartburn, for example, you’ll often be told that taking antacids can worsen your symptoms. Vomiting can also trigger more severe cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is characterized by painful periods of heartburn. GERD occurs when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, causing heartburn.
But, here’s the kicker: Your body needs to vomit occasionally to keep your digestive tract clean. Otherwise, all the stuff you eat ends up getting trapped inside your belly where bacteria love to feast on it until it becomes toxic waste. And while most people think of diarrhea as a form of bodily fluid expulsion, many medical professionals believe that poop is actually important for helping us absorb nutrients. Without proper pooping, the rest of your organs suffer too.
“We put a lot of faith in [diarrhea] being a way to get rid of waste products,” says Dr. Michael Eisenberg, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend that everyone go through life with diarrhea happening every day. It seems like a terrible idea.”
If you suspect that you might be constipated, see a doctor for testing. You may need to try different foods to figure out what works best for you. Some common types of stool softeners include MiraLax, Colace, Imodium A-D, Konsulose, Propulsid, Kaopectate, Dulcolax, Docusate Sodium, Polycarbamide Foam, Movilpotent, Colafoskene, Glycerol Carbowin, Citracortyl, Osmotic Lozenges, Aloe Vera GEL, Pears Allergy Remedy Gel, Zantac Chewable Tablets, Actimel lozenge, Tums, Enteric Coated Peppermint Oil Capsules, Gas Relief Caplets, Milk of Magnesia tablets, Maalox, Mylanta ER, Rolaids, Pepto-Bismol, Unisom, Tums Dual Action, Pedialyte, Lactase Drops, Metamucil Liquid Effervescent Tablet, Sucralfate, Fleet PhosphoMeter, ProctoGuard Antacid Plus, Pepcid AC, Motilitone chewables, Prevacid, Prilosec, Zantac 75, Pepto Bismo, Cimetidine, Tagament, Nexium, Ranitidine, Omeprazole, Zegeride, Famotidine, Pepcid AC/Prilosec, Esomeprazole, Nizatidine, Histalog, Pantoprazole, Mebaral, Zinc supplements, Simethicon, Kaolin, Kaopectate Original, Colace Forte, Fiber 1+, Psyllium Husks, Probiotic Supplement, Vitamin C, Iron supplement, Multivitamin, Calcium Supplements, Vitamin E, Aspirin, Emergen-C, Emergent, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K1, Zyrtec, Zinc Acidum Pyrrosiaticum, Aluminium Hydroxide, Docosahexaenoic Acid capsules, Omega 3-6-9, Flaxseed oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamins A & E, Selenium, Beta Sitosterol, Glutamine, Fish Oil, Garlic, Green Tea Extract, Acetaminophen, Ginger Root, Fever Reducing Compound, Cayenne Pepper, Fenugreek Seed Powder, Camucamu Berry, Ginseng, Rosemary Leaf, Fennel Seed, Yarrow Flower, Licorice Root, St. John’s Wort Root, Hops Plant, Valerian Root, Stevia, Sweet Potato, Turmeric Root, Siberian Ginseng Root, Cinnamon, Black Cohosh Bark, White Willow Bark, Chinese Skullcap Root, Wild Yam Root, Dong Quai Root, Scullcap, Chasteberry, Saw Palmetto Fruit, Slender Dogwood Bark, Hawthorn Berries, Watercress, Pau d’Arco, Clary Sage, Feverfew Flower Buds, Wintergreen, Wormwood, Holy Basil, Lemon Balm Leaf, Feverfew Flowers, Feverfew Fruit, Feverfew Seeds, Feverfew Twigs, Feverfew Leaves, Horse Chestnut, Feverfew Bunches, Feverfew Bulbs, Feverfew Herb, Feverfew Roots, Bugleweed, Mugwort, Yellow Woodbine, Starflower, Partridge Fern, Motherwort, Golden Seal, Pine Needles, Bloodroot, Winter Cherry Bark, Yellow Dock Root, Common Elderflowers, Oregon Grape Root, European Broomrape, Virginia Creeper, Ground Ivy, Spruce Tips, American Hog Weed, Buckwheat Hulls, Mullein, Parsley, Catnip, Thyme, Mint, Bay Leaf, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Savory, Spearmint, Pennyroyal, Clove Buds, Coptis Root, Nutmeg, Tansy, Papaver Rhizomes
Article Body: When you’re nauseous, you probably don’t pay much attention to your throat. But what about later, when you start noticing a persistent soreness or burning sensation? While it’s normal to experience temporary throat discomfort associated with vomiting, it’s generally recommended to seek medical treatment if it lasts longer than 48 hours.
That’s because chronic throat issues can be signs of a more serious problem, including cancer. Throat burns and sores can occur due to trauma, infection, or poor hygiene habits like smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. Sometimes, throat irritations can result from allergies or conditions such as asthma. If you’re experiencing chronic throat pain, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional immediately.
Below, learn how your body responds to throwing up and whether you should seek medical care if your throat hurts afterward.
First, let’s talk about what happens to your throat when you vomit. Most times, it’s nothing to worry about.
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