Chemotherapy causes us multiple side effects to which the medical teams suggest treatments themselves not without adverse effects! It is necessary to preserve yourself to the maximum during this difficult period, even to take many medicines during these few months of treatments.
Nevertheless there are some little tricks that can help alleviate or relieve these ills that we would not do without . It is amazing the huge number of problems we may have to face: anemia, infections, alopecia, stomatitis or oesophagitis (oral or esophagus infections), haemorrhage or simple bleeding, appetite disorders, diarrhea or constipation. So here is a little overview of the tricks that may help you to support it a little better.
Anemia and the resulting fatigue are due to the decrease of red blood cells in the blood. Rest as soon as fatigue is felt. Do not hesitate to make several small naps during the day.
As far as possible, ask for help with housework. Friends can be involved in shopping, bringing a frozen meal, keeping the children. In town halls or hospitals, the advice of a social worker can also be asked to find a housekeeper whose salary will be paid on time In part.
Practice physical activity as soon as you feel better: yoga, walking, soft gymnastics. Contrary to preconceived ideas, sport helps alleviate the problems of fatigue. Relaxation is also a good way to regain energy. The decrease in white blood cells can lead to an increased risk of infection.
Avoid sick people as well as those who have just been given a vaccine. Avoid public places: municipal swimming pools, cinema, subway. Avoid changing the litter of the cat or cleaning a cage: the excrement of the animals are carriers of many microbes. Keep away from stagnant water: flower vases, humidifiers,…
Avoid raw milk, raw eggs, tartar and sushi. Wash your hands very often. The decrease in platelets in the blood can lead to bleeding. Avoid scissors to cut nails, prefer a file. Use an electric shaver rather than a hand shaver. Wear gloves when gardening.
Protect your lips with a stick to avoid crevices that can bleed. Use a soft toothbrush and avoid dental floss or toothpaste. As much as possible avoid dental sessions and make an appointment before chemo for good scaling and balance.
In order to preserve your intestines, do not take suppository or laxative. No rectal temperature measurement. In case of vaginal dryness during intercourse, do not hesitate to use lubricants. Avoid drugs that cause bleeding type aspirin or anti coagulants. Avoid alcohol or wine.
For skin problems, chemo dries up the skin very much, so hydrate very often with a lotion or a cream. Avoid exposures to the sun and protect yourself with a high-index cream. Disinfect any wound.
Here we go with alopecia and nail problems. To avoid the dreaded hair loss, there is unfortunately not much except the refrigerated headset that does not work for all protocols. Here are a few tricks that will at least help slow down the fall.
Wash your hair with a soft shampoo as often as possible, but avoid a few days after chemo. Dry by gently wiping with a towel: no hair dryer or straightener. Avoid brushing hair vigorously. Possibly wear a hair net to sleep or use a satin pillow like grandmothers who thus preserves their blow drying.
For nails damaged by the taxotere, apply an opaque varnish in several layers before the session and keep it for the next few days.
Appetite disorders include altered taste, nausea and vomiting, anorexia. To eat useful, prefer foods rich in nutritional value. Split meals and eat when hungry without waiting for it to be time. To find a little taste of food, use herbs that will perfume the dishes. Conversely, avoid spices and vinegar sauces. Eliminate odors that are both annoying and strong.
To overcome this metallic taste in the mouth so unpleasant, chew a chewing gum or drink lemonade or fruit juices. Avoid fried foods and fatty foods. Drink coca or iced tea effective against nausea. Eat 4 to 6 hours before the session, not after. In case of major thirst, suck an ice cube that will water better than a glass of water.
Stomatitis or inflammation of the mouth and esophagitis are additional issues. Replace the toothpaste with a solution containing: a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in a liter of water. Moisten the lips by insisting on the edges. Properly wash your teeth after each meal using a soft toothbrush. Put the latter in a little hot water in order to soften it. Avoid foods that are too hot or too cold.
Another tip is to put a lemon juice in a liter of water to drink throughout the day. The mouth is in all ways desensitized against acidity and this remedy actually relieves. Prefer the sweet and creamy foods that pass better during swallowing problems.
For diarrhea, avoid all fruits, onions, cabbages, garlic, nuts, spices, frying and alcohol as well as dairy products. To alleviate dehydration, drink plenty of water. Against constipation, drink also a lot.