Dehydration is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation, and can occur at any point during your treatments as a result of vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Here are a few quick tips that might help you out.

When it’s hard to keep water down, try ice or little sips of liquids.

It takes a lot of ice to make an impact, but for some of our members, the easiest way to improve fluid intake is sucking on small pieces of ice. Many have also found that taking small, frequent sips is easier than drinking large amounts at a time. Alcohol and caffeine aren”t recommended as they may increase the effects of dehydration, but you can experiment with other liquids like herbal tea, a hearty broth, or juice.

Try fluid-containing fluids.

Fruits, vegetables, soups, gelatins, popsicles… these are all great ways to get the water and nutrients you need all at once!

Dealing with Dryness — In addition to staying hydrated, you may want to take some steps to deal with dryness. More specific tips here.

Talk to your Health Advisor if you need help implementing these tips and strategies. If you don’t yet have your own personal Health Advisor, click here to take advantage of our grant funding and get your first year of membership with Pack Health, at no cost to you. We’re here to help!

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