Alternative meds? You'll never believe this one!! - page 6

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   DR2004RN
    We used to use Listerine to clean in between our residents hands when they were contracted. It took away the "yeasty" smell.
  2. by   Nikki22
    I had a pt who had warts all over her hands....the Doctor actually wrote and order for...duct tape to warts for two weeks or until tape falls off. Supposedly the glue in the tape was supposed to do something to the warts....I was not around long enough to see if it worked...I can't imagine that it did. But then again...it was my psyche rotation!! HA HA HA
  3. by   Kim O'Therapy
    Quote from pearl_jam
    to cure hiccups in newborn, mothers placed a piece of wet cotton ball on the baby's forehead and amazingly the hiccups disappear
    My baby girl was up crying with the hiccups one night. Called my parents in desperation. Dad said to rub a little sugar on her tongue. It worked! No hiccups. We've passeded this family remedy for hiccups for years and everyone who tried it had good results. Go figure!
  4. by   SeekingNur
    i've use breastmilk (my own) to cure my children's conjunctivitis. works beautifully.
    Last edit by SeekingNur on Jun 4, '06
  5. by   SaraO'Hara
    Something potentially very silly I did when I was 14 or 15:

    I developed a swelling over my left achilles tendon. I looked up a few things in the library's Merck Manual, concluded that it was bursitis, and left it alone except for icing. Well... it got bigger and redder and was hot to the touch, so now I figured it was an infection of some kind.

    Please note that my mother, bless her heart, always has margarine in the house, but never Bandaids or antiseptics.

    I sprayed it down with Clorox bathroom spray and lanced it with a clean sewing needle... pus began to leak out copiously, so I drained as much as I could, and kept spraying + draining until it healed over. Darned if the Clorox spray didn't work VERY well at keeping the wound clean, but it's not something I'd try again.
  6. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from SaraO'Hara

    I sprayed it down with Clorox bathroom spray and lanced it with a clean sewing needle... pus began to leak out copiously, so I drained as much as I could, and kept spraying + draining until it healed over. Darned if the Clorox spray didn't work VERY well at keeping the wound clean, but it's not something I'd try again.
    Wow you were brave!
  7. by   SaraO'Hara
    Probably not so much brave as quite tired of having a painful swelling on my ankle, and not having health insurance
  8. by   elizabells
    Quote from Kim O'Therapy
    My baby girl was up crying with the hiccups one night. Called my parents in desperation. Dad said to rub a little sugar on her tongue. It worked! No hiccups. We've passeded this family remedy for hiccups for years and everyone who tried it had good results. Go figure!
    For an older kid, a teaspoon of sugar in the mouth (have to let it dissolve, NO swallowing) works well too. I convinced my mom to do this when I was a kid (hippie parents, didn't let us have much sugar) and it totally worked! I still use this.
  9. by   grace90
    Quote from SeekingNur
    i've use breastmilk (my own) to cure my children's conjunctivitis. works beautifully.
    I did that, too, when my oldest and youngest were babies, and it cleared it right up.
  10. by   grace90
    I make rosemary vinegar by soaking dried or fresh rosemary in white distilled vinegar for several days and keep it in my kitchen. When I feel a UTI coming on, which I'm pretty prone to, I take several teaspoons over the coarse of a few hours and it knocks it right out. It has also knocked out my 6 year old daughters UTI's as well.

    I eat garlic cloves and hot peppers when I get a cold or sinus infection.

    My sister-in-law came from China in 1997 and she brought a big container of extremely hot peppers with her and when she was pregnant with her first child she would eat a little whenever she was nauseated.
  11. by   worknurse
    At our internal medicine clinic we've been recommending bufferred hypertonic sinus irrigations for sinus infection/congestion of less than 10d without fever. 3tsp sea salt +1tsp of sodium bicarb in one quart of water in a clean mason jar (with lid). Pour about 1/4 c in a separate bowl so as not to contaminate the main solution. Draw up the solution with a bulb syringe and direct the flow towards the back of head thru each nares into the sinus cavity. The hypertonic solution will shrink the mucous membrane and break up the debris. (osmosis) Blow out excess. Do it bid to tid. This along with the normal uri advice of incr. fluids, humidify. Discard the main solution after 3-4d. The need for abx is much less. I am always amazed how our patients demand abx for the common cold and are so ready to propogate bacteria resistant organisms for symptoms that can be cured with just a bit of salt water!
  12. by   lisalau
    chopstix, you have touched on my pet peeve....the prescribing of antibiotics because the patient demands it whether the condition responds to them or not. Here in Australia, the culture of meeting patients demands has increased remarkably over the past 20 years with the introduction of turnstyle medicine and the demise of the family doctor. Just walk in, tell them what you want and you get it, swipe your medicare card on the way out please.
    Of my 4 sons, only 2 have ever required antibiotics. They get occassional colds and coughs which are treated with rest, fresh fruit juices and chicken soup. Their symptoms are relieved with inhalations, irrigation, panadol if cold compresses dont reduce a high fever (i dont treat low fevers, i believe unless there is risk of convulsion, the higher temp is needed to stimulate healing) honey and lemon drinks and lots of cuddles. They are usually ready to return to school in 2 or 3 days and they heal no more slowly than the children given useless antibiotic treatment. I have been accused of being negligent for not taking my children to doctors...i often think i am putting them at risk even entering into the rooms filled with sick people. My children are fed with large amounts of fresh organic foods and are made to sleep properly, they exercise every day and they are sick much less often than most we know and they recover much more quickly. I do not attribute this to anything i do, i know i am lucky but i do believe that when children are pumped full of medicine from babies, their bodies get lazy about healing them selves. For a body to resist virus and bacteria it must be in good condition. There is too little trust given to their inate abilities for healing and too much trust attributed to pharmaceuticals.
    sorry i will get off my soapbox now....this really touches a nerve. It still hurts that i am considered negligent by some because i think differently from them but i understand their judging me As ashamed as i am to admit it, i judge them also and find their thinking ignorant. I would never deny my children medical care if they asked for or neded it. I guess the difference lies in when i consider it needed.
  13. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from lisalau
    i do believe that when children are pumped full of medicine from babies, their bodies get lazy about healing them selves. For a body to resist virus and bacteria it must be in good condition. There is too little trust given to their inate abilities for healing and too much trust attributed to pharmaceuticals.
    sorry i will get off my soapbox now....this really touches a nerve. It still hurts that i am considered negligent by some because i think differently from them but i understand their judging me As ashamed as i am to admit it, i judge them also and find their thinking ignorant. I would never deny my children medical care if they asked for or neded it. I guess the difference lies in when i consider it needed.
    Yay! We agree! I also get accused of being negligent because I don't run to the doctor. Guess what - you become more vigilant and more attentive to your kids when they're sick, because you're not relying on the doctor to take responsibility and make it all better!

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