Cancer: Home Treatment for Nausea or Vomiting
Home treatment may be all that is needed to treat mild nausea caused by cancer or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If you are having chemotherapy, your doctor can give you medicines to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting. Be sure to tell your doctor if you continue to have problems after your treatment. Your doctor will adjust your medicines to prevent or control your symptoms.
You may also try the following home treatment tips:
If you are vomiting:
The acid in vomit can erode dental enamel and cause tooth decay (cavities). Rinse your mouth with water after you vomit. Brush your teeth if you can.
On treatment days
Eating or drinking something before your treatment may help you feel better. Some people feel better if they don't eat or drink anything. Find out what works best for you.
Some people feel sick right before their treatments. For this kind of nausea, medicine doesn't seem to work well. But these things can help:
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
If one or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your doctor:
Additional information about preventing nausea and vomiting is provided by the National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nausea/Patient.
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