5 Ways To Avoid Post-Chemo Infections

5 Ways To Avoid Post-Chemo Infections

Chemotherapy is undertaken to rid the patient of cancer. Its objective is to destroy cancer cells. While this is achieved with varying levels of success, the cancer cell identifying process is not accurate. The procedure ends up harming infection-fighting cells along with the cancer cells. This compromises to some extent the immune system of the patient, exposing him to infections.

How To Avoid Chemotherapy Infections?

Following are five ways in which chemotherapy infections can be avoided:

  1. Eating Healthy

    A healthy balanced diet is important for post-chemo recovery. Chemo patients are known to experience anorexia or loss of appetite, nausea and weight loss. A dietician can be helpful in recommending a balanced diet with adequate calorie and protein intake. Adequate protein is critical for the patient since it preps the immune system to prevent and fight infections.

  2. Awareness About Food Safety Issues

    Food is among the easiest ways to catch an infection or illness. So considerable thought needs to go into how you handle food. Make sure food is cooked thoroughly to destroy all bacteria and microorganisms that are like to be present in raw foods. The kitchen surface and cooking utensils / boards need to be clean. Raw food like fish, seafood, eggs, meat can cause illness and must be avoided.

  3. Oral Hygiene

    Post-chemo, hygiene at all levels needs to go up a notch and that includes your teeth and gums. Your dentist’s instructions to brush twice a day or after meals are particularly relevant now. Make sure your gums are not bruised with the brushing – go for softer bristles. Flossing is advisable under normal conditions, but it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about it during chemo treatment.

  4. Cultivating Healthy Skin

    Taking care of your skin helps in keeping infections at bay. Allow your skin to hydrate and breathe. Keep it moisturized because skin cracks easily when dry, which opens the door for infections. For the same reason, breaking pimples can invite trouble since the open sores could lead to infection. Also keep away from tearing at or biting your cuticles.

  5. Avoiding Accidents and Risks

    It is important for post-chemo patients to be careful around the house and at work. Accidents and injuries can aggravate their condition. They must be particularly careful while handling sharp objects,shaving, gardening and attending to similar chores. In case of a wound they must clean the area with warm water and an antiseptic; the quicker the better to avoid infection.

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