When you are immuno-compromised from cancer treatments, you have to take precautions to reduce your risk of infection. Some common precautions that are talked about in any infusion room are:
- Wash your hands and/or carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid large crowds
- Cook your food
- Eat Well
- Stay hydrated
And you should call your doctor right away if you have:
- a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- diarrhea that won’t go away
- Other signs of infection like: coughing, rash, sore throat, ear pain, runny nose
But besides the basics, is there anything else you can do to reduce your risk of bacterial and viral infections while on treatment?
You know my answer….there’s always more you can do! Some common practices I share in my office include:
- Colloidal Silver: has an antimicrobial potential against bacteria, but have also proven to be active against several types of viruses including human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, herpes simplex virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and monkey pox virus. Avoid with radiation therapy.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: when used as a cleaning agent, tea tree essential oil can help remove fungal contaminations from indoor air.
- Elderberry Syrup: May reduce upper respiratory symptoms from viral infections and resolves viral symptoms 4 days earlier than placebo
- IV Vitamin C: reduce viral replication, infectivity, and might help prevent viral infection to start with.
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