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Readers Respond: How Do You Cope With Nausea From Surgery or Chemotherapy?

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Updated April 20, 2010

Nausea and vomiting often occur after surgery or after an infusion of chemotherapy. Some say that ginger helps, others use peppermints, while some try acupuncture or hypnosis. What have you tried - other than prescription drugs - that helps you prevent or cope with nausea? Share your nausea coping tips here.

Salty Snacks

I didn't have too much trouble with nausea after surgery or chemo but I did find that having a semi-full stomach (that is, never getting too hungry) seemed to keep me on an even keel. I found that salty snacks - like plain corn tortilla chips - helped me through the especially tough days directly following chemo when I had that 'metallic' taste in my mouth.
—PinkPockets

Peppermint

I found that peppermint helped settle my stomach, so I sucked on a lot of hard candy and drank peppermint tea. I also found a few foods I could tolerate and pretty much ate only those until the worst of the chemo was over.
—Guest KayOC

Popsicles

What always seemed to help me when going through chemo was sucking on popsicles. I wasn't in the mood to eat anything at all, but was suffering from dry mouth all of the time, so I was eating popsicles for that main reason, and then later realized that it help my nausea too.
—Stacey
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