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What is vomiting?

Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of the contents of ones stomach through the mouth and/or nose. Vomiting is almost always preceded by nausea and/or stomach pain. Vomiting is a non-specific symptom, meaning it has many causes. The only time vomiting is life threatening is either when it is associated with a deadly condition, or when it gets into your lungs. This rarely occurs but still is a risk when vomiting. Another important note about vomit is that it is best not to try and swallow down any vomit, because your body is trying to get it out of your body, so putting it back in is not a good idea. Vomiting that lasts for a long time can cause dehydration (the depletion of H20(water) from within the body) and/or electrolyte depletion.