Alternative meds? You'll never believe this one!! - page 4

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   Indy
    My children's babysitter told me her neighbor would duct tape a banana peel to a ... some kind of booboo, scrape, abrasion, burn, cut, or whatever it was that her kids had. (This was ten years ago; I don't remember the exact thing she was treating.)

    So. This thread brought that to mind. And I have shingles, S3 nerve root, I'll let you look that up and see where it is. It's not fun. I casually suggested to my husband that maybe I should duct tape pieces of banana peel there on my off days and see if that helps the pain any.

    It was so worth the look he gave me.
  2. by   jensdandy
    Quote from 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!
    We were on vacation at the beach when I was stung by a jellyfish...already was turning into a big welp before I even got out of the ocean. In the vacation house couldn't find anything to put on it so jokingly tried the Windex...it worked wonderfully!!!! The man upstairs tried meat tenderizer when he got stung but his was much worse and painful the next day...
  3. by   kukukajoo
    The ammonia nuetralizes the sting. Many swimmers and surfers will carry it with them.
  4. by   OpusNurse
    My dad once passed out in church and being the nurse in the family, naturally I got called to take him to the hospital. Well, once there and on all the monitors, he had a heart rate of 17. That alone is amzing considering his salt intake. (He is your typical curmudgeonly old coot who never sees a doctor.) The doctor rx'd a can of coke and his heart rate went up to 70 within an hour. He left the hospital with his instructions. 1 can of coke qd. Been great ever since.

    Oh, and the duct tape for warts...works. The docs where I work rx it all the time! Also works for husbands who cut themself frequently.
  5. by   elthia
    I know of people with severe sinus problems who swear that nasal/sinus irrigation with a weak salt H2O solution has prevented recurrent sinus infections, DH has started this every other day and hasn't had a sinus infection since.
  6. by   elizabells
    Quote from elthia
    I know of people with severe sinus problems who swear that nasal/sinus irrigation with a weak salt H2O solution has prevented recurrent sinus infections, DH has started this every other day and hasn't had a sinus infection since.
    Back when I was in the theataaaahhhhh I knew opera singers who did this. They couldn't take cold medicines d/t their drying effects, so they just snorted a bit of water and there you go.
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Let's not forget the ''drink your own urine'' remedy which is still sometimes practiced for whatever ails ya in remote areas. A little less heebie-jeebie-ish, I often brew up a cocktail of hot water, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce when I'm really congested.
    Last edit by mercyteapot on May 14, '06
  8. by   sanctuary
    Elderly neighbor used Listerine for both athlete's foot and dandruff. Swore by the stuff. Said her husband learned it in the Army. Don't know which war.
  9. by   JBudd
    Quote from blkdawn
    Rubbing alcohol rubbed down on a person with a fever will cause the fever to break, BUT you're not supposed to do it, but I don't know why. I know it will break a fever because it's been used on me and I've used it on my husband (prior to finding out I shouldn't be).
    It cools the surface of the skin too quickly, and not necessarily core body temperature. If you start to lose heat too quickly, your body goes into shiver mode to make up for it, creating body heat to compensate. Not what you want to have happen with a fever.
  10. by   HI50
    Gotta ask.......What is "groppa"??
  11. by   HI50
    Shot of Tequilla always does the trick for me right as the 1st symptoms of colds starts.:angryfire
  12. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from Healthynurse
    Gotta ask.......What is "groppa"??
    Grappa: Italian wine somewhere between 80-100 proof, depending on who's making it Served cold or room temp....I used to live next to a large extended (authentic) Italian family with lots of weekend family gatherings. Always, the grappa came out after dinner

    Personally, I like the flavor in tiny quantities, but it's strong enough to grow hair, LOL!

    Enough of that stuff and I'm sure you'd feel better no matter what
  13. by   Balder_LPN
    Quote from jensdandy
    I was stung by a jellyfish...already was turning into a big welp before I even got out of the ocean. In the vacation house couldn't find anything to put on it so jokingly tried the Windex...it worked wonderfully!!!! The man upstairs tried meat tenderizer when he got stung but his was much worse and painful the next day...
    Thats really really really true about the windex. it is the ammonia content that provides the relief. I put a post on another thread about using urine on jellyfish stings. It works!!

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