Unconventional Strange Treatments - page 4

What is the strangest and most unconventional treatment you have ever given for you patient? Did it work? I had a HHC patient who had a terrible itchy rash. She had it for months and many dg had... Read More

  1. by   OzNurse69
    Originally posted by Peeps Mcarthur
    Ok, even I (we?) think that post was a little strange.

    If you managed to visualize that while eating toast and honey, and not miss a bite...................you might be a nurse.

    This post was edited after vehement disagreement among the other voices in my head!
    ......oh, wow, so that explains why I haven't been able to make lemon & honey chicken for the past 5 years.....something to do with the honey & raw meat......YEEEECCCCCHHHHH!!!!!
  2. by   RN always
    when I was a kid and had a earache my dad would blow smoke from his cigaratte into my ear. He said it would make the pain go away and it worked! Boy was I naive! Must have been some psychological thing. I would never do this of course, one because of the risk of the cigarette smoke and 2 because it is just plain stupid but what can I say, it worked!
  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Not that I have ever used this treatment, or know anyone who has, there is an old wives tale around that says that if you have an earache, to put URINE in the ear canal...ewwwww
  4. by   Agnus
    The smoke was warm. This is likely the reason it worked.

    Urea is found in many theraeutic creams, ointments and lotions that are used to heal damaged or irritated skin. And I think it might be slightly antibacteral.

    A very old time practice was to use a wet baby diaper on acne.
  5. by   nurseman
    I worked up in a first nations reservation and blowing smoke into the ear was a common treatment for ear aches when you were out on a hunting trip. I've also heard of bee stings 1-2 daily for arthritis been used.

    My dad kept a few used tea bags in the fridge when he was welding at home. Just in case of flash burn to the eyes.
  6. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Hey, I saw a book at Border's book store lastnight that was nothing but these "home remedy" type things.

    I think it was called Davey's Kitchen Remedies or something like that.
  7. by   maggie7
    One of my instructors told us raw bacon works for nosebleeds d/t hypertonic quality and when removed won't dislodge clot.
  8. by   maggie7
    One of my instructors told us raw bacon works for nosebleeds d/t hypertonic quality and when removed won't dislodge clot.
  9. by   semstr
    hot oil in your ear, when it hurted (of course in the middle of the night)
    petrol-caps (men, they stank!!) against headlice
    worked a lot with leeches on the neurosurgical ward
    onion and vinegar-socks on the pediatirc ward against fever, onions on the thorax with thick flanel (know what that is?) sheets against the coughing for kids with pertussis (plus the moist, moist moist!!!!!)
  10. by   Agnus
    does anyone understand why the onions work???
  11. by   JoyfulNurse
    Originally posted by BMS4
    JoyfulNurse (Dara),

    Thank you!

    The first response to my post from Peepsmcarthur was a bit hostile.

    The Md did actually write in his order that it sounds strange, and originates from third world countries. I nor other nurses had heard of it before. (Using honey to debride a wound bed)

    Thanks for the welcome dear...I am hesitant to post again after that original response.

  12. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by Chaundra
    We had an order to apply sugar to a prolapsed rectum for a 90 year old woman. Everytime she would sit on the toilet it would pop out again and we'd have to get the sugar packets out. What a mess!
    Doesn't that work the same way that pouring salt on a slug works??? LOLOLOLOLO!
  13. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    I think you misunderstood my post. I made a sick joke, then decided to edit it. If you'll notice, I make referrence to the voices in my head as if to say I'm having trouble with reality.

    My post was nothing but tounge-in-cheek commentary about my post,not yours.............see?

    Why would I single you out without even using your name,or quoting you? I guess that's what you mean by saying I was "hostile".

    Well, I suppose I've been called worse things.