Please note that food poisoning can happen anywhere – at home or in a restaurant. The risk increases when the foods are not properly handled, stored, or cooked. The good news is most cases resolve within a few hours to a few days even without treatment.
Other Signs and Symptoms
The other signs and symptoms of food poisoning aside from diarrhea with vomiting are:
- Nausea or “feeling sick”
- Abdominal pain and cramps
Furthermore, there are times when diarrhea associated with food poisoning is bloody.
Persistent food poisoning can lead to dehydration, so it’s best to seek medical attention for severe cases.
Like food poisoning and gastroenteritis, you may experience traveler’s diarrhea when you consume contaminated foods.
However, unlike the first two conditions we discussed, traveler’s diarrhea usually happens after you have arrived in a foreign or new destination.
The other factors that can cause traveler’s diarrhea are:
- The stress of traveling
- A change in diet since you are in a new place
- Eating foods that underwent sanitary practices that are different from what you’re used to.
Other Signs and Symptoms
More than diarrhea with vomiting, a person with traveler’s diarrhea may also suffer from:
- Nausea or feeling sick
- Abdominal cramping
Another thing worth noting about traveler’s diarrhea is that it’s sudden. Normally, the patient will feel an abrupt onset of loose, watery stool. It’s also possible for the stool to be bloody.
Doctors say that the symptoms typically go away on their own within a few days. But they could be longer depending on the organism that caused it. In those cases, patients may need to seek medical help and the doctor will probably prescribe medications to ease the symptoms.
Other Reasons Why Diarrhea with Vomiting Happens
Besides the conditions explained above, the following can also cause simultaneous vomiting and diarrhea:
- Consuming irritating foods. Often, the irritating foods are those that are greasy and have a lot of added sugars.
- Overeating and overdrinking. At times, eating too much and excessive consumption of alcohol can cause diarrhea with vomiting.
- Stress and anxiety. This might be due to the effect of the stress hormones in the gut. Research shows that stress hormones may slow down the motility in the stomach and small intestine, but they could trigger an increase of movement in the large intestine.
- Pregnancy. Dietary changes and food sensitivities due to pregnancy may cause diarrhea with vomiting. Furthermore, there’s morning sickness which can actually happen at any time of the day.
- Medications. And finally, some medications, especially antibiotics, can cause vomiting and diarrhea as potential side-effects.
When to Seek Medical Help
While most conditions that cause simultaneous vomiting and diarrhea are not serious enough to require hospitalization, you need to seek medical help if you or someone you care for: