Alternative meds? You'll never believe this one!! - page 2

I am an office nurse and these are "daily doses of a patients reality"!!! A familiar scene in the office!! A new patient arrives and the "Med List" needs to be created. One day I asked a... Read More

  1. by   p.allen3
    Hi everyone - New to the site and apparently in the minority from the UK. Being a District Nurse (not sure what you call us in the USA) I have often joked with my patients about getting them a can of WD40 for their creaking joints, not thinking for a minute that anyone actually would.
    Being from the UK there are a lot of terms used in replies that I don't understand - for instance the reply that said some people use M.O.M as deodorant. What is M.O.M.? Can anyone enlighten me please?
  2. by   GPatty
    Quote from p.allen3
    Hi everyone - New to the site and apparently in the minority from the UK. Being a District Nurse (not sure what you call us in the USA) I have often joked with my patients about getting them a can of WD40 for their creaking joints, not thinking for a minute that anyone actually would.
    Being from the UK there are a lot of terms used in replies that I don't understand - for instance the reply that said some people use M.O.M as deodorant. What is M.O.M.? Can anyone enlighten me please?

    Hello and welcome!
    M.O.M. is Milk of Magnesia
    Has a drying effect...I've seen it used around a G-tube site before, but never under arms! LOL!
  3. by   melrina75
    M.O.M.=milk of magnesia, it's a laxative
  4. by   KJRN79
    Quote from Mimi2RN
    A relatively new solution, you can use a bar of soap under the bottom sheet for leg cramps. My MIL quit using quinine when she found out about the soap!
    My mom gets leg cramps. Does it have to be any certain type of soap? LOL, wait until she hears this one from "my daughter the nurse". lol...
  5. by   Jamesdotter
    This wasn't exactly an alternative med, but..
    I once had a patient who came in jaundiced and really sick. He brought his own spring water from home and insisted on drinking it--he didn't consider the city water fit for man or beast. Well--you know where this is going. It turned out that his water was polluted and the source of his illness (and he'd been inviting the staff to drink his water for the several days he'd been hospitalized. Fortunately no one did)
  6. by   elizabells
    I've always wondered about the Windex trick from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Anyone tried it?

    And in re kerosene for head lice: I knew a little boy whose mother did this, because he had beautiful long dreadlocks and she didn't want to shave his head. He wandered into the kitchen, where the gas stove was lit. He received 3rd degree burns all down one side of his body and lost three fingers. So no kerosene!
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    funny that this old thread should come up, just the other day i was talking to my db about my gouty toes..he told me that his neighbor uses wd40 for arthro flare ups...said the neighbor proudly shares the fact that he knows when it is working when he can taste it after he has sprayed on the knee

    does this sound like systemic problems...i wonder what this does to the brain cells
  8. by   babynurselsa
    IT definitely absorbs systemically.

    http://www.dmso.org/articles/information/muir.htm

    Now i DID LOOK UP THE msds for WD-40 and DMSO is not listed as an ingredient. I wonder if they changed the formula due to this or if it is one of the "other" ingregients. Or of course it could be Urban legend. I know I originally was told this by my old country vet more about 20 years ago. He was a pretty reliable resource.
  9. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Regarding MOM for deodorant: aluminum and magnesium ARE active ingredients of most deordorants. MOM does the same thing but would seem to be much cheaper. . .

    I had a male toddler come into the ED with adult panties tied so tight around his leg that it was cutting off circulation.

    So, we are asking questions to determine if this is some weird punishment that child protective services needs to know about. . .

    No. The child had constipation. The parents asked both their moms what to do about it. One Grandmom recommended tying the panties worn by a menstruating woman around the child's leg to help.

    The other Grandmom recommended a sliver of soap suppository. When asked why they didn't go with the soap supp: "Well, that's just weird!"

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  10. by   teeituptom
    Quote from lpnandloveit1
    my grandmother would use kerosene for head lice and cobwebs for deep laceratiions
    One Kerosene was quite effective for head lice treatment, but dont smoke during or aftwerwards.

    Cobwebs have been long used to treat lacerations, nothing new there. works effectively also.
  11. by   kukukajoo
    Mayonaise is the best headlice treatment I ever found. My poor daughter with three times the hair on her head than mine had an outbreak in elementary school a few years back. She kept getting it over and over and I was at wits end. I finally figured out that the school nurse was letting kids stay in school with active lice and not instituting a no nit policy!! You can bet I lobbied to change that!!

    Anyhow- lice are chemical resistant these days and slathering mayonaise on the head GOOD then wrapping with plastic wrap and a towel suffocates the buggers! Of course I always did this after the chemical treatments and once I did this and changed the policy at school we never had a problem again!
  12. by   onarie
    Working down here in the South, I have had several patient's ask for rubbing alcohol to treat sore muscles. They swear it works, but the doctors don't want to let them use it.

    In reference to head lice, saturating the head with olive oil, putting on a shower cap for several hours. Then wash the hair as usual. The nits all come out and the hair has also received a deep conditioning. Trick I learned when my daughter had lice several years ago.
  13. by   Mimi2RN
    Quote from KJRN79
    My mom gets leg cramps. Does it have to be any certain type of soap? LOL, wait until she hears this one from "my daughter the nurse". lol...

    I think the article by Dr. Gott said that Dial didn't work. I don't know what my MIL uses.

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