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Humidity and vomiting

By June 25, 2009 - 1:48pm
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Twice now when in MEXICO in May and June I have had episodes of unprovoked vomiting. I have been going to Mexico for 16 years and have never had any problem, UNTIL the last two times I had to go in May and June. I know these are two of the warmest months so I hydrate myself well, and use precautions such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and cool clothing. I never drink alcohol. This time I cooked almost all of my own food (mac and cheese from a box and pasta) No fresh food or unpurified water and I still got sick. I have no symptoms until my stomach starts to turn and the vomiting starts; almost always in the evening; fortunately it is brief, and I go to bed in air conditioning, and hope it doesn't affect me the next day. Some times I get sick; sometimes not. Help...my family is irritated with me.

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Dear Joan,

Are you sure it is the humidity that is making you ill? Could it possibly be the hot weather? Many times dehydration will induce vomiting and make you feel TERRIBLE. If you have been avoiding water from Mexico and not replacing it with your own water, then this could be the cause.
Also, not being used to the hot weather will likely make you a good candidate for this. I am truly very sorry that you have experienced this not once but twice.

June 26, 2009 - 5:40am

Hey, Joan, welcome to EmpowHer. And thanks so much for your question.

This is a tough one, isn't it? You're an experienced traveler and you already know a lot of the precautions to take regarding heat, hydration and how to avoid foreign water, etc.

You mentioned humidity in your title; is there a reason you think the humidity might be a part of the sudden sickness?

I am wondering if during the last two years something has changed for you that makes your trips into the heat harder on your system. A medicine, perhaps? A dietary change? Weight gain or loss? Something that you have started taking along with you, like a specific juice or protein bar? Do you use anything like water purification tablets that might have gone bad?

When the vomiting happens, do you have any other symptoms that could be related to heatstroke? Do you have chills, or fever? Are you sweaty, or cool to the touch? After you vomit, do you feel some better immediately (as though you had to get something out of your system quickly) or does it take a while? Have you noticed whether part of the recovery has to do with fluid intake or just plain coolness and rest?
It's interesting to me that it's almost always in the evening, especially as that's not the hottest part of the day.

Does any of this sound like it could be relevant?

I'm sorry your family is getting frustrated with you. They need to stop! This is no fun for you! Send them over to EmpowHer, and we'll try to help them see our side of things. =)

June 25, 2009 - 7:12pm
(reply to Diane Porter)

Thanks for your thought provoking questions. No, no medicine at all, no water purification tabs, and no juice or protein bars. Drink Gatorade, water, and maybe one or two sodas (regular/non caffeinated)
during the day. I have gained probably 20 lbs. unfortantely over the past 5 years. After the vomiting, I feel better within a couple of hours. I keep wondering if I shock my system somehow by being in the hot humidity and then going to bed in an airconditioned room?

June 26, 2009 - 6:40pm
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