Patients' "home remedies"? What have you seen - page 8

Had a family come in to the ER last night. Their little boy (~3yo) got ahold of the pot of boiling water on the stove. Clear 2nd degree burns to (I'd say) at least 30% of the inside of his arm.... Read More

  1. Visit  miss_anneRN profile page
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    we had an a/o pt who used lysol to clean her peri area, she'd come in completely excoriated! also her colostomy was being held in place for weeks with duct tape, and she used butter in her nostrils to soften boogies! she lived to be 82!
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  3. Visit  Akeos profile page
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    Quote from ParvulusPuella
    Had a patient come in with chronic venous stasis ulcers on her BLE. They had been weeping for quite some time, and the pt was supposed to be following up with the wound care clinic. Instead she decided to try to dry them out by first applying bleach, and then some sort of horse product that is normally used on hooves. Needless to say, she ended up having both legs amputated midthigh due to the necrosis from her home remedies.
    I was discussing this with a nurse I was training, and she seriously kept trying to convince me that there was no problem with using bleach to clean a wound or rash because it would disinfect the area ...needless to say she's not with us anymore
  4. Visit  miss_anneRN profile page
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    Dakin's solution is a bleach, maybe there is some logic...
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    Quote from miss_anneRN
    we had an a/o pt who used lysol to clean her peri area, she'd come in completely excoriated! also her colostomy was being held in place for weeks with duct tape, and she used butter in her nostrils to soften boogies! she lived to be 82!
    Actually, many years ago Lysol was advertised as a douche solution for feminine hygiene! I'm not tech savvy but I'm sure someone can find one of the old ads on the internet and link to it!
  6. Visit  roser13 profile page
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    from wikipedia:

    "in the late 1920s lysol disinfectant began being marketed by maker lysol, incorporated and distributor lehn & fink, inc. as a feminine hygiene product. they intimated that vaginal [color=#0645ad]douching with a lysol solution prevented infections and vaginal odor, and thereby preserved marital bliss[color=#0645ad][7]. this lysol solution was also used as a [color=#0645ad]birth control agent, as post-coital douching was a popular method of preventing pregnancy at that time. the use of lysol was later discouraged by the medical community as it tended to eliminate the bacteria normal to the healthy vagina, thus allowing more robust, health-threatening bacteria to thrive, and may have masked more serious problems that certain odors indicated in the first place.[color=#0645ad][8] all the same, joseph de lee, a prominent american obstetrician who held great sway over american obstetric practice through his writings, encouraged the use of lysol during labor. "...[j]ust before introducing the hand, the vagina is liberally flushed with 1 per cent lysol solution squeezed from pledgets of cotton, the idea being to reduce the amount of infections matter unavoidably carried into the puerperal wounds and up into the uterus by the manipulations." [color=#0645ad][9]"
  7. Visit  elthia profile page
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    I have had several older gentlemen tell me they used WD40 for arthritis.

    I had a pt try to cure his chest pains with home accupuncture...he later came to the hospital and needed an emergent bypass.
  8. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    Quote from miss_anneRN
    Dakin's solution is a bleach, maybe there is some logic...
    Probably the reason the CMS disallowed it's use in skilled facilities. I've had many patients (all with schizophrenia) who cleaned themselves with bleach on a regular basis.
  9. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    A young mother pouring her urine into her baby's ear to "cure" an ear infection.
  10. Visit  Bruce_Wayne profile page
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    I learned that Dakin's is bleach when our thorasic surgeon was rounding and cleaning a lot of post-chest tube wounds and we ran out of dakin's and I had to go to pharmacy to get some more.

    They were also out but the very smart and very resourceful pharmacist was able to constitute some more after raiding the house keeper's closet. It's legit!

    One patient told me he wasn't going to take his warfarin and instead was going to take some supplement he found on the internet made out of avocado pits. I told his nurse so she could go in there and do some teaching...

    Related to sugar in wounds: I heard from a wound care nurse that brown sugar can be used to treat a pseudomonas infected wound. The idea is that the sugar sends the pseudomonas into a feeding frenzy and while it's feeding it doesn't reproduce. Eventually it feeds until it dies without reproducing, therefor the wound gets better.

    I've heard of treating a earache by blowing cigar smoke into the affected ear.

    I got a stye on my eyelid when I was a kid and my father said you can fix that by peeing on your finger and rubbing the pee on the stye. Surprisingly it worked.

    I've also heard of peeing on your feet for athlete's foot, but I've never tried that. I've had athlete's foot before but treated it with medicine.
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