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Bulimia (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Bulimia

Any sign that a person may be suffering from an eating disorder is reason for that person to be evaluated by a doctor. People with bulimia generally have feelings of guilt about their behavior and are less likely than those with anorexia to deny that a problem exists when interviewed by an understanding professional. Your doctor would be a good first contact. The initial evaluation can help determine if a serious medical complication exists. Referrals to therapists experienced in the treatment of eating disorders can then be made.

Bulimia often has a number of health risks associated with it.

  • Repeated vomiting can cause scratched knuckles, chronic sore throat, and eroding teeth. The excessive secretion of salivary glands during vomiting can cause swollen cheeks.
  • Frequent binging can result in bloating.

Bulimia can cause a number of serious medical conditions that could require urgent treatment.

  • Severe weakness, fainting, near fainting, or abdominal pain should be evaluated as soon as possible.
  • Vomiting blood could indicate a tear of the esophagus or stomach and is a medical emergency.
  • Many people with bulimia also suffer from clinical depression, and any behavior or statements from someone that suggests that the person may be contemplating suicide is reason to bring that person in for evaluation at once.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016

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