Home Remedies for Lung Cancer
Lung cancer symptoms
1. Cough that won’t quit
Be on alert for a new cough that lingers. A cough associated with a cold or respiratory infection will go away in a week or two, but a persistent cough that lingers can be a lung cancer symptoms.
Don’t be tempted to dismiss a stubborn cough, whether it’s dry or produces mucus. See your doctor right away. They will listen to your lungs and may order an X-ray or other tests.
2. Change in a cough
Pay attention to any changes in a chronic cough, particularly if you smoke. If you’re coughing more often, your cough is deeper or sounds hoarse, or you’re coughing up blood or an unusual amount of mucus, it’s time to make a doctor’s appointment.
If a family member or friend experiences these changes, suggest that they visit their doctor. Learn about the symptoms and causes of bronchorrhea.
3. Breathing changes
Shortness of breath or becoming easily winded are also possible symptoms of lung cancer. Changes in breathing can occur if lung cancer blocks or narrows an airway, or if fluid from a lung tumor builds up in the chest.
Make a point of noticing when you feel winded or short of breath. If you find it difficult to breathe after climbing stairs or performing tasks you once found easy, don’t ignore it.
4. Pain in the chest area
Lung cancer may produce pain in the chest, shoulders, or back. An aching feeling may not be associated with coughing. Tell your doctor if you notice any type of chest pain, whether it’s sharp, dull, constant, or intermittent.
You should also note whether it’s confined to a specific area or occurring throughout your chest. When lung cancer causes chest pain, the discomfort may result from enlarged lymph nodes or metastasis to the chest wall, the lining around the lungs, called pleura, or the ribs.
When airways become constricted, blocked, or inflamed, the lungs produce a wheezing or whistling sound when you breathe. Wheezing can be associated with multiple causes, some of which are benign and easily treatable.
However, wheezing is also a symptom of lung cancer, which is why it merits your doctor’s attention. Don’t assume that wheezing is caused by asthma or allergies. Have your doctor confirm the cause.
Lung cancer, also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung.
Furthermore, this growth can spread beyond the lung by the process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body.
Furthermore, during treatment for any stage of lung cancer, there are remedial steps you can take at home to manage certain symptoms and side effects.
Besides that, while you are taking remedial measures make sure to follow the doctor’s instructions. Here are some of the more common home remedies to treat lung cancer :
1. Treatment for dry mouth – rinsing
Radiation therapy can lead to dry mouth from exposure of salivary glands to radiation. Also, the salivary glands lubricate the mouth with moisture or spit.
Post therapy, the salivary glands will resume functioning but rarely in the same fashion. Besides that, dry mouth caused by radiation can be a lifelong problem.
To treat dry mouth, you can try some of these measures:
- Rinse mouth with water frequently – every 2 hours or so while awake. You can add salt or baking soda to water
- Use saliva substitute which is commercially available
- Apply lip moisturizer regularly
- Suck on hard candies with lower to negligible sugar content
- Use cool mist room humidifier at night in the bedroom
2. Treatment for nausea or vomiting or diarrhoea – IV fluids
Furthermore, the underlying cause for dehydration post cancer treatment is also nausea or vomiting or diarrhoea. So treating dehydration means first treating the nausea or vomiting or diarrhoea.
Besides that, this is usually treated by also administering intravenous fluids, depending on the degree of dehydration.
3. Treatment for diarrhoea – water and diet
Furthermore, diarrhoea is also a symptom rather than a disease in patients recovering from cancer treatment. Some measures to treat the problem include:
- Drink plenty of clear fluids
- Eat small amounts of soft bland low fibre foods frequently
Also, avoid foods such as:
- Strong spices
- Whole grains breads and cereals, nuts and popcorn
- Greasy, fatty, or fried foods
- Raw vegetables or fruits
- Gas forming foods & beverages (beans, cabbage, carbonated beverages)
- Lactose-containing products, supplements, or alcohol
Limit foods and beverages with caffeine and beverages extremely hot or cold
4. Treatment for constipation – exercises, intake of fluids
Constipation or abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of stools is among the side effects of chemotherapy. Some ways to treat the condition include:
- Eating foods high in fiber like fruits, cereals, and vegetables
- Drink two to three liters of non-alcoholic fluids daily, preferably water or juices
• Exercise regularly most days of the week, as advised by the doctor.
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