• Is there any way to prevent infections?

    Asked by greensmythe on Friday, February 1, 2013

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Well the only sure way is to not be in contact with anything that can cause an infection, but that isn't feasible. The best we can do is to limit contact with bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can cause infection though sanitation and avoidance of injuries.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      There is no 100% way to prevent infections, but there is a lot you can do to greatly reduce your chances of getting one. 1) carry and use hand sanitizer early and often. 2)wash your hands after using the bathroom and before you eat 3) try to keep your hands away from your face. 3)avoid crowds 4)limit contact with people who have colds, infections, etc. 4)wear a face mask if necessary. 5)have any bad cuts, bruises, pains checked out my a nurse or doctor. I wound up the the ER 3 times for "nothing serious" and was sent home after being fully checked. but was glad I went, because sometimes what we think is "nothing serious" can be.

      over 3 years ago
    • greensmythe's Avatar

      I was not really prepared for the first time with chemo, and how much it would knock me out. But, in the future I will know to try be more vigilant when it comes to watching out for infections. I didn't really realize I had one and it got really bad until the day before I was scheduled to drive 2 and 1/2 hours for my next chemo round.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      One iof the best things do do to prevent indections is to avoid places where infected people hang out. The number on place for this is the hospital, but it seems like we have to go to the hospital to get treatment. Sort of a catch 22 for cancer patients. So when in the hospital practice the good hygine stuff vigilantly. It is probably best to stay in the chemo waed or infusion center and if there are other patinets that obviously have an infection avoind them. No games with infected people even if they easy to beat. Wearing a mask can also help in some cases.

      Sadly we also need to avoid other germ factory places like schools or other places where lots kids hang out as they seem to attract germs very well. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      And offer hand sanitizer to everyone you come in contact with. My sister, in the midst of chemo for lung cancer, got pneumonia. Spent 3 days in the hospital, went back home and then back in the hospital for pneumonia made worse by the flu. She could have even picked up the flu during her 1st 3 day hospital stay (in ER, via staff who didn't know they had it, etc). In her house now there's hand sanitizer everyone is asked to use regularly (can't just use it once a day).

      over 3 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar

      Handwashing is the number 1 defense against bacteria and virus. I stopped using the hand sanitizer because it dries out my skin so much. I also moisturize frequently because it prevents cracks in the skin and that's how some bacteria enters. Public restrooms: when entering, if you can open the door with your elbow or a tissue, do that. Once inside, do not touch anything (door handles, sink faucets, etc.) When you leave, use a paper towel to open the door. Make sure you are eating right, getting enough rest and some exercise. Drink enough fluids. Avoid crowded places where most likely there are a lot of sick people; if you have to go, wear a mask. I would also recommend taking your temperature daily and if it's 100.5 degrees or over, contact your health care provider.

      over 3 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      All the answers so far are good ones to which I can only add that you need to follow their advice. I got pneumonia while on chemo and I was being careful, so you can't be too careful. Wash often, use hand sanitizer religiously and stay away from people as much as possible.

      over 3 years ago

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