What Causes Vomiting Green Bile in Adults?

Vomiting green bile in adults can be a harmless reaction to a bad meal or to a stomach virus or it can be a sign that there is something else wrong.

Here is a little information about some of the most common reasons adults vomit bile:

Stomach Virus – A stomach virus – something most people refer to as stomach flu – leads to a few days of some very unpleasant symptoms.

The reason that someone suffering in this way might vomit bile is that chances are that they have not been able to eat anything and that bile and other digestive juices is all they really have in their stomach.

There is really very little you can do about stomach flu other than just tough it out. Staying hydrated is very important though – drink as much water as you can and if you can keep down an beverage like Gatorade that is even better.

If you cannot even keep liquids down you may want to call your doctor as IV fluids may be required.

Intestinal Obstruction

Another common reason adult may vomit bile is that they are suffering from an intestinal obstruction.

Other symptoms may present themselves in a very similar way to constipation – bloating, nausea and pain.

An intestinal obstruction may be caused by any number of things and left untreated it can become dangerous. In some cases, the act of vomiting does clear the obstruction eventually but you should still consult with a doctor if you suspect you may may be suffering from this problem.

After Gallbladder Removal

Bile is produced by the liver but it is then stored in the gallbladder. If the gallbladder has to be removed that process obviously has to change and the bile is then secreted straight from the liver into the stomach as needed.

It can take the body a while to get used to this change so vomiting bile after gallbladder removal is fairly common and it can last for several months after the surgery.

It is still a complication that should be reported to a doctor though so that the condition can at least be monitored.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is another reason that adults may vomit bile. Vomiting is the natural reaction in this situation as the body’s systems are “programmed” to try to get rid of all the toxins as soon as possible.

It is common to see bile in this situation as the process of digesting the tainted food is often halted by the body in an attempt to protect itself.

Vomiting bile, and vomiting in general after eating certain foods can also sometimes be a sign of a food allergy. Most people are not born with food allergies, instead they develop over time.

That does sometimes mean that something you used to love eating may suddenly become your enemy!

These are a few of the common reasons that vomiting green bile in adults may occur, there are others.

If you are in any doubt about what may be causing this problem for you a call to the doctor should be your next move.

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