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The Flu and the common cold are day-to-day illnesses in people’s lives, especially in cold seasons or in times when low temperatures dominate, such as in winter. The symptoms of these conditions are well known; however, other rarer symptoms can appear and can scare us, today we will talk about cold and Flu plus vomiting.


First, You Have to Differentiate

Before moving on to the specific topic, you must first differentiate between a cold and the Flu. The symptoms are very similar, although, in the Flu, there may be more complications. It is undoubtedly much more intense than the cold; however, the most notable difference is that the common cold could be caused by more than two hundred types of viruses, while the Flu is caused by a single virus, the H1N1 influenza virus.

The common symptoms of both diseases are:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Mucus
  • Cough
  • Sore throat and headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomit

As we said, one of the big differences is that in the Flu, the symptoms are much more intense, in addition to the fact that the Flu can cause high fevers for several days, while the common cold hardly causes a fever.


Cold and Flu Plus Vomiting

Man having stomach pain and diarrhea in relation to colds and flus plus vomiting

As we saw in the symptoms, we can find nausea, dizziness, and vomiting in both diseases, but how common is this, and why does it happen?

First, it must be said that cold and Flu plus vomiting is not common in this type of illness; however, it is well known that children are more prone to vomiting when they have a cold or the Flu.

Nausea can be due to different disease factors; however, vomiting is often caused by mucus accumulated in the lungs and related to coughing. Especially in children, compulsive coughing can create the sensation of disgust and therefore vomiting.

Vomiting can also be the cause of another condition other than the cold or the Flu. When we get sick, our defenses that fight foreign agents that enter our body decrease, and our immune system weakens, so if we do not take care of ourselves while we have the Flu or colds, it is relatively easy that we can contract some other virus or bacteria. So if you start to have vomiting while you are fathering any of these diseases, first ask yourself if it is a cause of the cold or the influenza virus, especially if that vomiting is accompanied by other symptoms such as stomach pain, intestinal pain, and diarrhea.


How to Tell If Vomiting Is Caused by the Flu or Cold

The fact that a person sick with a cold and Flu plus vomiting does not mean that vomit is related to these diseases, even if it appears as a symptom. It must be remembered that vomiting is a rare symptom when suffering from these diseases, but how do we differentiate then if a cold and Flu plus vomiting is the same disease, or the vomiting is due to something else?

Check the other symptoms first. Another uncommon symptom is diarrhea. This can appear due to the viruses we have been talking about; however, when there is cold, and Flu plus vomiting and diarrhea, but vomiting and diarrhea persist even without the symptoms of Flu or cold, it is something else, and you need to see your doctor, although it may be gastroenteritis, you should not self-medicate, and it is best to see a professional determine exactly what the problem is.


The Colour of Vomit

Emoji with different colors of vomit coming from its mouth

Another important thing to consider is the color of vomit. It is natural to see orange color in our vomit because of the food we eat (it is the color of half-digested food); however, if it is persistent vomiting without having consumed food, the color is of great help in determining if the cold and Flu plus vomiting is just one disease or determining if vomit is not related to these viruses.

  • Green or yellow vomit: In almost all patients, it happens when the stomach is empty. Other probable causes are due to the accumulation of mucus or catarrh. In the most severe cases, it may be due to liver failure, ingestion of food or beverages that may stain gastric contents, or even poisoning.
  • Black vomit: The black vomit indicates the presence of digested blood in the stomach. It appears in all many pathologies that come with gastrointestinal bleeding. Among the main pathologies capable of causing black vomiting are ruptured esophageal varices, stomach or esophageal ulcers.
  • Brown vomit: The brown color in vomit can be blood in which gastric juices did not affect iron. Another probable cause is intestinal obstruction. This illness provokes that the food can’t be digested.
  • Foamy or white vomit: Foamy vomit is presented by those diseases which present irritation of the gastric mucosa. Gastritis and other similar diseases can be the cause of white or foamy vomit. These conditions are not severe, but if you have vomited for more than three days, you may want to go to a doctor. 
  • Orange vomit: this color is characteristic of partially digested food. A lot of food has this color when they are for not too much time in the stomach, and the gastric juices didn’t degrade all the food.
  • Pink or red vomit: This color in vomit indicates that there is fresh undigested blood. The red or pink color indicates a medical emergency, and you need to go to the hospital because the most probable cause is an intern hemorrhage.