What do you do to mask odors? A mask? Vicks under nose?

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  2. Ooohhh ick smells! We've all had those odors that just really get to us. For some, its the GIB, for others C-dif, and for some, stage IV ulcers. We all know our own nemesis. Now, how we deal with them is as variable as the smell itself. What do you do to mask the odors? A mask? Vicks under your nose? What do YOU do?
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  4. by   Esme12
    Ozium spray, vicks and a mask.

    Effective!
  5. by   LPNalltheway
    I spray perfume all over myself and put some on the tip of my nose lol
  6. by   MereSanity
    We aren't allowed to use perfume....it bothers the patients or they could have a reaction if they are allergic. In fact...nurses shouldn't even wear scented deodorant. I work OR and if you get a good bowel case it's REALLY bad. We put wintergreen oil on our mask or wear a TB mask...they filter out a lot of stuff.
  7. by   edmia
    Coffee filter filled with ground coffee in a corner. Does a good job of absorbing those horrible smells of decaying bodies, c diff, melena (ICU setting).

    I didn't invent this, the aides do it without being asked. I was surprised the first time I saw it, but it does work.
  8. by   HarryTheCat
    Vicks under the nose actually does work. I first learned about it using it on stallions when they're going to be around mares in estrus at a show. It pretty much masks the smell of everything.
  9. by   Saiderap
    Those big oversized menthol eucalyptus cough drops. I also knew a nurse who would carry eucalyptus oil in her purse and

    leave a few drops in a patients room to take away bad smells
  10. by   AmyRN303
    Any reviews of Ick Stik? A former colleague used to swear by it.
  11. by   whichone'spink
    Nothing. I just do what I have to do and spray odor neutralizer in the room or bathroom.
  12. by   CajunShrimp84
    Luckily I have a polyp in my sinus cavity that blocks my scent receptors & I pretty much can't smell at all unless I am TRYING to smell something & stick it up my nose.
  13. by   ProgressiveActivist
    Benzoin on the outside of a surgical mask.
  14. by   knytenurrse
    Toothpaste between two mask. Works like a charm
  15. by   RNfaster
    I try to discern other less objectionable odors within the foul smell.... Like the rotten apple smell of gangrene...or the horse manure smell of C diff... Also, the with increased frequency of exposure to "bad" smells, they really don't bother me as much. I just don't register them. Many years ago, however, when I was more sensitive, I used peppermint oil.

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What do you do to mask odors? A mask? Vicks under nose?