• Infections affter treatment is finished

    Asked by oceanblue24 on Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Infections affter treatment is finished

    Hi, just wondering if anyone suffered from any kind of infections whether viral etc. I finished all treatment, chemo & radiation a month ago. I just learned I have Shingles. The Drs thought it was first a kidney infection till the rash broke out. They think it might be from a compromised imune system. I was on an antibiotic for the kidney but am now on a viral antibiotic.
    How long after do we have to be extra careful? I'm thinking of maybe adding more vit. c or echinacia to my diet. Or is it just using common sense & staying away from situations that could infect me. Course this is something I couldn't seem to avoid because I don't know what I could have been exposed to.
    Just a question I wanted to pose to the group.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had a urinary tract infection when going through chemo. My chemo affected my white blood cell count which made me more vulnerable to infections. If your chemo affected your white blood cell count, you should be careful until it gets back to a normal level.

      about 7 years ago
    • lilliebutt's Avatar

      I, too, was diagnosed with shingles two days ago. I finished my chemo treatments on May 10th and radiation treatments on August 3. I believe the virus was "awakened" in my body after going through some stress from moving recently and a compromised immune system which has yet to be strong enough to remain balanced. My doctor has put me on a 7 day course of anti-viral medication and pain medicines which I take when needed. I am surprised as to how painful this rash can be. Thank you for your post. It has helped me feel better already just knowing that I am not alone in this journey. Best wishes for a quick recovery from this virus and continue staying healthy by eating nutritiously, staying active, and getting plenty of rest. Honestly, I need to work more on the "getting plenty of rest" part. I will start working on that now. Good luck!

      about 7 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Shingles usually comes from exposure to chicken pox earlier in life (ie had it or a mild case). The virus lays dormant in the body until stress and the right conditions (we've had stress ya think? and decreased immune system) make it flare out. Treating it with antivirals helps quite a bit and faster than diet can. Doesn't hurt to keep those antioxidant supplements handy, but it wouldn't have helped against the virus, it was already there waiting. I was suffering a lot of rt arm lymphedema infections (cellulitis) during the time I took care of my mom while being treated for lung cancer. Since she passed, I haven't had a single one. the biggest thing to do is try and eat a balanced diet and protect yourself from infections in the public, as well as reducing the stress in your life. Not always easily done, but it will help tremndously for your well being.

      about 7 years ago

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