Also known as: bloody vomit, bloody emesis, puking blood, hematemesis,
What is vomiting blood?
Blood can be present in the vomit for a number of reasons, including aggressive coughing, a nosebleed that is also present and more. If vomiting blood goes beyond small streaks or flecks and includes a large amount of blood, however, it’s considered a medical emergency.
What might cause vomiting blood?
Medical causes of vomiting blood may include:
How can it be treated?
If only small flecks of streaks of blood are present and the vomiting is short-lived or accompanied by coughing or nosebleed, no action may be needed. Rest and fluids may help the patient feel better.
When should you seek medical attention?
If the blood in the vomit is significant and accompanied by symptoms such as rapid breathing, green vomit, dizziness, fainting, confusion or cold pale skin, seek medical attention immediately.
Reviewed by: Shifra Koyfman, MD
This page was last updated on: March 29, 2021 04:16 PM