infection precautions

Treatment with chemotherapy and /or radiation therapy can temporarily reduce your infection fighting blood cells (white cells). By practicing preventive measures, you can contribute to your level of wellness and reduce your risk of infection.

  1. Fever of  99.5°F or greater
  2. A shaking chill
  3. Painful or frequent urination
  4. A cough or sore throat

Prevent Infection

  • CONSERVE ENERGY: Listen to your body. Plan for periods of rest and sleep.
  • EAT WELL: Include foods high in calories and protein in your diet. Eat fresh vegetables daily.
  • AVOID POTENTIAL SOURCES OF INFECTION: People with bacterial infections, colds, sore throats, flu, chicken pox, measles and cold sores. Bird, cat and dog poop. Avoid cleaning bird cages and kitty litter boxes.
  • KEEP YOUR BODY CLEAN: Bathe daily, wash hands before eating or preparing food, and after using the bathroom. Keep nails clean, clipped short and straight across. Perform mouth care daily. Keep lips moist with lubricant. Clean carefully after bowel movements. Ladies, always wipe from front to back.
  • KEEP YOUR LUNGS CLEAR: Deep breathes every hour while awake. Schedule exercise daily. A short walk is wonderful!
  • KEEP YOUR KIDNEYS FLUSHED: Drink 8 cups of liquid daily.