How To Deal With Bad Smells

  1. As we all know one of the downsides of being a nurse can be the smells we encounter on a day to day basis. It doesn't matter if you work in a hospital, nursing home or a patient's personal home, it's safe to say we have smelled some pretty nasty things.

    I have recently graduated nursing school and work for a home health company. For some reason smells are my biggest downfall as a nurse.

    I want to open a discussion around what remedies or solutions you have come up with (or products that are available) to help you deal with the really bad smells you've encountered. Weather it's chewing a piece a gum or putting on a mask. I would like to know what has worked best for you.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   chordringer
    Wear really good deodorant and act as though you are itching your nose as you bring it towards your arm pit to inhale the burst of freshness there. It is a modest way of getting a break in when the environment is polluted with awful smells.
  4. by   mina hanif
    you can smell lemon
  5. by   mommywithplenty
    I heard vapor rub works, I'm going to try that soon
  6. by   jm394
    Little bit of tiger balm (or any other mentholated rub type product) under the nose.
  7. by   FLmomof5
    Take up smoking....it kills the sense of smell! j/k
  8. by   JRP1120, RN
    Quote from jm394
    Little bit of tiger balm (or any other mentholated rub type product) under the nose.
    Tiger balm? What is that?
  9. by   jm394
    Quote from JRP1120, RN
    Tiger balm? What is that?
    It's kind of like Ben Gay, a mentholated balm for sore muscles, etc... But it's not a gel, it's more like lip balm consistency. It's pretty available here on the west coast. I think it's from Singapore or something. Ask at the drug store.
  10. by   Biffbradford
    I was born with a bad sense of smell. The only thing that gags me is GI bleed. Urp!
  11. by   Poi Dog
    Quote from FLmomof5
    Take up smoking....it kills the sense of smell! j/k
    *runs to the store to buy a carton of Camel Crush*
  12. by   bagladyrn
    For the really,really bad ones wear a mask with a cottonball in it with a few drops of tincture of benzoin. You won't be able to smell anything else.
  13. by   IdrilRN
    Strong mint, gum, cough drop, spray the room. I would say open a window, but heaven forbid that happens in a hospital.
    The worst time for me with smells was when I was pregnant.
  14. by   LizardBlizzard
    In hopes that you don't offend your patient, wear a surgical mask with a dap of toothpaste on the outside. Works everytime for THE REALLY bad ones.

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