Cancer: Home Treatment for Diarrhea - Things you can do
Home treatment may be all that is needed to treat
diarrhea caused by cancer or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation
therapy. Be sure to follow any instructions and take any medicines your doctor
has given you to treat diarrhea. Check with your doctor before using any
nonprescription medicines for your diarrhea.
Take frequent, small sips of water or a
rehydration drink and small bites of salty crackers.
Try to increase your fluid intake to at least
1 qt (1 L) each hour for 1 to 2
hours or until diarrhea symptoms disappear.
Begin eating mild foods the next day or sooner, depending on how
Avoid spicy foods, fruits, alcohol, and
caffeine until 48 hours after all symptoms are gone.
For more information, U.S. residents may call the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. A trained Cancer Information Specialist is available to answer your questions.
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Your symptoms become more severe or more frequent.
Cleaning up diarrhea
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you wear disposable gloves when
cleaning up diarrhea or other body fluids. You may wear reusable rubber gloves
if you wash them after each use. If you don't have gloves, be sure to wash your
hands thoroughly with soap and water when you are finished.