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Home > The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center > Patient Information > Patient Education > Managing Side Effects
Tips to Prevent Bleeding
- Use a soft toothbrush or toothettes with gentle brushing.
- Do not blow your nose too hard or scratch the inside of your nose.
- Shave with an electric razor—do not use a razor blade.
- Do not walk barefoot. Wear slip
- resistant footwear.
- Be careful not to fall or bruise yourself by bumping into objects.
- Be careful when using sharp objects such as scissors.
- Do not push too hard while having bowel movements. We will give you stool softeners and laxatives if ordered by your doctor
- Do not use enemas, suppositories or tampons.
- Apply firm pressure to any area of bleeding for at least 5minutes.
- Talk to your nurse, doctor or physical therapist about what exercises are safe for you.
- Let your doctor or nurse know right away if you have:
- Bleeding from any body part, that will not stop with 5 minutes of pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Dark bowel movements
- Your menstrual period
- Petecchiae (small, red spots on skin)
- Blood in your stools or urine