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:
Take any antinausea medicines as your doctor recommends. If your doctor hasn't prescribed medicines for you, ask about taking a nonprescription antinausea medicine, such as:
Make sure you drink enough liquids so you don't get dehydrated. Take frequent small sips of water if a whole glass is too much.
Make sure to eat enough food. Try 5 or 6 small meals instead of 3 bigger meals. And stay away from foods that make you feel sick, such as fried, spicy, sweet, or salty foods.
Suck on peppermint candy, or chew a stick of
peppermint gum. Peppermint may relax tight muscles in your stomach and help
decrease the stomach contractions that may be causing your nausea.
Try ginger, such as
candied ginger or ginger tea. Real ginger—not ginger flavoring—helps to reduce nausea.
Place the tip of your right index finger on
the underside of your left wrist, about
1.5 in. (4 cm) from your hand.
Acupressure points are very small, so you may need to try this method more than
After vomiting has stopped for one hour, drink
1 fl oz (30 mL) of a clear
liquid every 20 minutes for one hour. Clear liquids include apple or grape
juice mixed to half strength with water, rehydration drinks, weak tea with
sugar, clear broth, and gelatin dessert. Avoid orange juice, grapefruit juice,
tomato juice, or lemonade. Avoid apple or grape juice if you also have
diarrhea. Do not drink milk products, alcohol, or carbonated drinks such as
If you do not have any more vomiting, increase the amount of
fluid you drink to
8 fl oz (237 mL) during the
second hour. If you are not vomiting after the second hour, make sure that you
continue to drink enough to prevent dehydration.
When you are feeling better, begin eating clear soups, mild foods, and liquids until all symptoms are gone for
12 to 48 hours. Gelatin dessert, dry toast, crackers, and cooked cereal are good choices. Try to stay away
from strong food odors, which can make nausea worse.
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
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:
whether it is playing video games, reading, doing a crossword puzzle, or something else that you enjoy.
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