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.
or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your
When you have diarrhea, make sure to wipe gently after using the bathroom. Using moist wipes or water squirted from a spray bottle may also help. Talk to your doctor if you have soreness, bleeding, or hemorrhoids.
The U.S. 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.
steps on how to clean up diarrhea from skin, soiled linens, or hard surfaces,
see Cleaning Up Diarrhea.
August 27, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
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