Alternative meds? You'll never believe this one!! - page 5

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   Balder_LPN
    Quote from Balder
    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!!
    Quess what, I have been a SCUBA instructor for almost 20 years and I have been perpetuating this myth the whole time, I have even done it myself and thought it worked!

    Boy was I wrong I found some real studies done and here is what one researcher says:

    "In her column in 2001, Scott summed up years of study on a variety of sting "cures": "Nothing worked." In an e-mail to me, she summed it up another way: "Anything works."
    This paradox goes to the heart of the urine myth. "Nothing worked" means that none of the main folk remedies--including urine, meat tenderizer and commercial sprays--did anything to stop the pain of a sting.
    On the other hand, "Anything works," because the vast majority of jellyfish stings are not severe and their effects disappear within a few hours at most, no matter whether you urinate on yourself or simply do nothing."

    Ahhh, the power of SCIENCE!
  2. by   sanctuary
    Read the site. Does not have firm info either way. Looks like a study could be done... I can hear it now, "Sorry, honey. I have to go to Hawaii for my dissertation.":chuckle
  3. by   Balder_LPN
    Quote from sanctuary
    Read the site. Does not have firm info either way. Looks like a study could be done... I can hear it now, "Sorry, honey. I have to go to Hawaii for my dissertation.":chuckle

    Hmmm, I feel a plan coming on.....
  4. by   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
  5. by   pearl_jam
    to cure mouth sore one patient rubbed it with the tip of a matchstick (phosphorous)
  6. by   knockandhello
    My dear old dad always ate half a raw onion every night and put the other half in his pillow case at night.Never had a cold.Also I was told to put tender cabbage leaves in my nursing bras when babes were newborns to prevent mastitis.Worked a charm.
  7. by   Drysolong
    I wash my face with M.O.M. and use it as a mask about once or twice weekly. Everyone always compliments me on having pretty skin. (I'm over 50) I haven't tried the WD40, but have heard about it for years.
  8. by   Dink75
    Quote from knockandhello
    My dear old dad always ate half a raw onion every night and put the other half in his pillow case at night.Never had a cold.Also I was told to put tender cabbage leaves in my nursing bras when babes were newborns to prevent mastitis.Worked a charm.
    We were taught the cabbage leaf thing in nursing school. You can put them in the freezer too before putting them on in order to ease the pain.
  9. by   kukukajoo
    There was an article in Readers Digest several years ago about Box jellyfish stings. An advisory said all should carry vinegar as it neutralizes sting and can save your life- See wabsite below:

    Diving Medicine FAQs
    Jellyfish Stings
    Identifying and Treating Jellyfish Stings
    <TABLE><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top>Q:</TD><TD>What is the best way to care for a jellyfish sting?</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2> </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top>A:</TD><TD>Jellyfish describes an enormous number of marine animals capable of inflicting a painful, and occasionally life-threatening, sting. These include fire coral, hydroids, jellyfishes (including "sea wasps") and anemones. The stings occur when the victim comes into contact with the creature's tentacles or other appendages, which may carry millions of small stinging cells, each equipped with venom and a microscopic stinger.
    Depending on the species, size, geographic location, time of year and other natural factors, stings can range in severity from mild burning and skin redness to excruciating pain and severe blistering with generalized illness (nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, muscle spasm and low blood pressure). Broken-off tentacles that are fragmented in the surf or washed up on the beach can retain their toxicity for months and should not be handled, even if they appear to be dried out and withered.
    The dreaded box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) of northern Australia contains one of the most potent animal venoms known to man. A sting from one of these creatures can induce death in minutes from cessation of breathing, abnormal heart rhythms and profound low blood pressure (shock).
    The Treatment
    BE PREPARED TO TREAT AN ALLERGIC REACTION FOLLOWING A JELLYFISH STING. If possible, carry an allergy kit, including injectable epinephrine (adrenaline) and an oral antihistamine.
    The following therapy is recommended for all unidentified jellyfish and other creatures with stinging cells:
    1. If the sting is believed to be from the box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri), immediately flood the wound with vinegar (5 percent acetic acid). Keep the victim as still as possible. Continuously apply the vinegar until the victim can be brought to medical attention. If you are out at sea or on an isolated beach, allow the vinegar to soak the tentacles or stung skin for 10 minutes before attempting to remove adherent tentacles or to further treat the wound. In Australia, surf lifesavers (lifeguards) may carry antivenin, which is given as an intramuscular injection a first aid measure.
    2. For all other stings, if a topical decontaminant (e.g., vinegar, isopropyl [rubbing] alcohol, one-quarter-strength household ammonia or baking soda) is available, apply it liberally onto the skin. If it is a liquid, continuously soak a compress. (Be advised that some authorities advise against the use of alcohol because of scientific evaluations that have revealed that some nematocysts discharge because of this chemical's application.) Since not all jellyfish are identical, it is extremely helpful to know ahead of time what works for the stingers in your specific geographic location.
      Apply the decontaminant for 30 minutes or until pain is relieved. A paste made from unseasoned meat tenderizer (do not exceed 15 minutes' application time, particularly upon the sensitive skin of small children) or papaya fruit may be helpful. Do not apply any organic solvent, such as kerosene, turpentine or gasoline. Until the decontaminant is available, you may rinse the skin with sea water. Do not simply rinse the skin gently with fresh water or apply ice directly to the skin. A brisk freshwater stream (forceful shower) may have sufficient force to physically remove the microscopic stinging cells, but non-forceful application is more likely to cause the cells to fire, increasing the envenomation. A non-moist ice or cold pack may be useful to diminish pain, but take care to wipe away any surface moisture (condensation) prior to the application.
    3. After decontamination, apply a lather of shaving cream or soap and shave the affected area with a razor. In a pinch, you can use a paste of sand or mud in sea water and a clamshell.
    4. Reapply the primary decontaminant for 15 minutes.
    5. Apply a thin coating of hydrocortisone lotion (0.5 to 1 percent) twice a day. Anesthetic ointment (such as lidocaine hydrochloride 2.5 percent or a benzocaine-containing spray) may provide short-term pain relief.
    6. If the victim has a large area involved (entire arm or leg, face, or genitals), is very young or very old, or shows signs of generalized illness (nausea, vomiting, weakness, shortness of breath or chest pain), seek help from a doctor. If a person has placed tentacle fragments in his mouth, have him swish and spit whatever potable liquid is available. If there is already swelling in the mouth (muffled voice, difficulty swallowing, enlarged tongue and lips), do not give anything by mouth, protect the airway and rapidly transport the victim to a hospital.
    For more information on marine life injuries, see the complete article by Paul S. Auerbach, M.D., M.S. on Marine Life Trauma from the Jan/Feb 1998 issue of Alert Diver.
  10. by   ark-two
    I've been told to place a cut onion on a burn to reduce the sting and swelling. Can't get near an onion without crying so never tried it myself. An old nurse told me to take a string and cut it in half. Tie one half to the wart and bury the other half. It actually worked on an old ex of mine.
  11. by   bahamabread
    I dare you to take away grammy's rubbing alcohol. You looking to get kill!!!!!!!!! It clears the nose, cools you down on a hot day when you put it on and then sit in front of the fan, and it makes the pain in the joints go away when you rub it in. It takes the itch away from mosquito bites, or ant bites, or sandfly bites, or "what the hell was that?" bites. And it wakes up the person that just fainted in the church during a funeral. Ahhhhhh rubbing alcohol.........the wonder drug!!
  12. by   Mimi2RN
    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.

    My allergist gave me a special olive tip attachment for the water-pik, so that I could irrigate my nose (and maybe sinus) with saline solution. I still use it occasionally.
  13. by   Indy
    I had a patient who tied a "virgin white string" around her ankle and left it there, loosely tied, to keep leg cramps away. She swore by it.