Q. I vomited forcefully and felt a strong burn after that. Why?

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Dr. Happykumar Kagathara
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

Yesterday I ate some pizza and drank tea at around 9 pm at a party. I had a feel like there was something stuck at my upper stomach and had a little pain. I was ignoring it, but then I got worried it might be something bad. So I forced myself to vomit, and I kept vomiting for half an hour. I am not sure, but maybe there was a bit of blood. I felt a strong burn after that, and it got worse. I felt a sharp pain on the right chest every time I swallow. I am worried.



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1) Your symptom is suggestive of a small linear esophageal tear due to forceful vomiting.

2) In this condition, linear tear develops on the inner wall of the lowermost part of the esophagus. This is responsible for a small amount of blood in vomit and pain in the chest.

3) You should take semi-solid foods for a few days to promote healing of this tear. Otherwise, no specific treatment is required.

4) If pain is severe, then you can try antacid syrup to smoothen the lower part of the esophagus, which gives relief from pain and also promotes healing.

5) Also, remember, never induce forceful vomiting.

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