Cholecystitis

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Symptoms may include abdominal pain in the right upper region that can become worse after eating a large meal, nausea and yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Cause most often due to stones blocking the bile duct or tube that leads out of the gallbladder
  • May also be due to bile fluids becoming stagnant or not flowing
  • Risk factors may include obesity, certain drugs, pregnancy, severe trauma, severe infection, rapid weight loss or prolonged fasting
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe
  • May be life threatening if left untreated

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR NAUSEA

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)
  • Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Avoid activity after eating
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Diphenhydramine
    • Cyclizine
    • Dimenhydrinate
    • Meclizine

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