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Can't get rid of the smell!

  1. 0 Hi all...I was wondering what might help with getting rid of "that smell"...it could be any smell but in my case its a severe diabetic smell. I'm in clinicals now...love every bit of it BUT today I had a diabetic LTC patient and after peri care...I Just CAN NOT get rid of the smell from my nose. It's been 8 hours and it's still there. Seems to be migrating down the back of my throat. I used the provided wash cloths and when it was clear that they weren't doing the job I resorted to plain old soap and water...truly nothing helped. She was "clean" but I couldn't get rid of her odor from her body..and now my nose. I was thinking of snorting some German schnupf tabacco but I was hoping some veteran here might have experienced advice for me and for helping my patient smell better too....YUK..and please help. Thanks so very much in advance. Alyx
    Last edit by alyx on Sep 15, '08
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    alyx has '1' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Geriatrics'. From 'Mpls, MN'; 51 Years Old; Joined Oct '07; Posts: 68; Likes: 80.

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  3. Visit  Lorie P. profile page
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    i always carried a small jar of vick's vapor rub in my pocket so that i could put a dab under my nose just for those types of jobs.

    also have tried rubbing an alcohol prep under my nose( when ever i forgot my vick's)
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  4. Visit  momandstudent profile page
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    I do not know what could help you with getting the smell out of your nose but for bathing the patients...we used tomato juice baths in the LTC facility for those really offensive odors. Just poured a can or two of tomato juice into the whirlpool and let the jets and suds do the rest. It works well. Make sure you rinse them well though
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  5. Visit  JHansen profile page
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    If it gets really bad, get a Q-Tip and some Vics Vapor rub, put the Q-tip in the rub then gently rub the Q-tip inside each nostril. Its a great trick when you have to do some of the more unsavory things i.e, burping colostomy bags.

    Hope that helps

    Josh
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  6. Visit  dani_girl profile page
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    Shaving cream. Seriously.. put a little in your pt bath water.. I have also seen shaving cream put into bowels or cups and left around the room.. for some strange reason it works..
    for your nose.. vicks.. or suck on a cough drop.. that usually gets rid of that.
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  7. Visit  PennStudent profile page
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    I bought one of those little Vick's inhalers after I had a pt with a colostomy last week for clinicals.

    :stone
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  8. Visit  locolorenzo22 profile page
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    Shaving cream during the bath...lotion after..
    mints or vaporub after usually works.
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  9. Visit  10MG-IV profile page
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    Lemon extract or spearmint extract a few drops on a 2x2.
    or on your paper mask.
    Lorann oils come in a variety of flavors. you can find it in the cooking section sometime,or baking stores. It is
    SPEARMINT that works best it is clean fresh and a little dab will do.
    On the onc unit, we would take coffee grounds and put them in filters in the room to absorb the odors.
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  10. Visit  loricatus profile page
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    Although the Vick's is the best, a good substitute if you don't have it would be to take toothpaste and smear it on a mask (or paper towel) and breath through it for a while.
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  11. Visit  coltsgrl profile page
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    i don't have any advice, but 10mg-iv ...i love your tag line!!
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  12. Visit  alyx profile page
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    Quote from locolorenzo22
    Shaving cream during the bath...lotion after..
    mints or vaporub after usually works.
    I'll try them all! Thanks to everyone for your time in responding. I know we all have very little extra. Funny about the shaving cream. I recently had my mom in the ER for bowel obstruction/severe constipation after knee surgery. She wanted to die she was in so much "rear end" pain. Anyways she's fine now but after the doc ( what a wonderful man) did everything and even a high colonic enema I noticed a can of BARBESOL on the med tray. How bizzarre I thought,,reminded me of those hair spray cans in the gyno office that I didn't used to understand either. When I questioned him about it he said that not only is it excellent for cleaning the skin up of BM but it is also an odor neutralizer. I thought he was cracked but now after reading this one again I think I just might mention it to the staff and see if they'll allow it. Who knew? You did! Thanks so much.
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  13. Visit  Ruthiegal profile page
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    Quote from alyx
    Hi all...I was wondering what might help with getting rid of "that smell"...it could be any smell but in my case its a severe diabetic smell. I'm in clinicals now...love every bit of it BUT today I had a diabetic LTC patient and after peri care...I Just CAN NOT get rid of the smell from my nose. It's been 8 hours and it's still there. Seems to be migrating down the back of my throat. I used the provided wash cloths and when it was clear that they weren't doing the job I resorted to plain old soap and water...truly nothing helped. She was "clean" but I couldn't get rid of her odor from her body..and now my nose. I was thinking of snorting some German schnupf tabacco but I was hoping some veteran here might have experienced advice for me and for helping my patient smell better too....YUK..and please help. Thanks so very much in advance. Alyx

    Try blowing your nose well. That often helps. Had an instructor who told us to do that! It's worth a try!
  14. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
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    I had the burnt flesh smell stuck in my nostrils for 2 days after a clinical rotation in OR where the surgeon used that electric scalpel/cauterizing thingamabob.

    Hideous smell. Even my dinner smelled/tasted like it. So, I can certainly sympathize.


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