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« Reply #100 on: July 17, 2009 10:22:10 PM »

There are many opinions about wether to use hot water showers or cold water showers for poison ivy. Some schools of thought believe that it is best to use a hot showers to rid your self of the oils as quickly as possible other schools of thought feel that that is dangerous because it may open the pores of your skin and allow the oils deeper access to your skin. It is my opinion that the later is the case.  Since many spas often use steam baths to open the pores of the face and body it would seem that yes the pores do open more in heat than in cold. Since it is probably not ethical to do a double blind test of purposely exposing  1/2 of a test group to poison ivy and then having groups divided into cold and hot showers I believe that it may still be conjecture even for the doctors at this time. I realize this may be going against what you have been told but I was told by a doctor as well. I will also say that it seems that the recommendations tend to change back and forth.

Washing clothes will not open the pores of skin in clothes so yes it would be better to wash them in hot water. I thought that I had said to wash them immediately but I suppose I was not clear enough.

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« Reply #101 on: July 08, 2010 09:03:10 PM »

Anyone heard of "Gripe Water"?  My friends were recommended it for their infant, and I actually am tempted to try it for my own intestinal peace-n-quiet.... ??

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« Reply #102 on: July 18, 2010 11:48:10 AM »

Long story short, I've heard of it and gave it to my infant years ago.  I didn't even know it still existed.  Now I'm gave my grandson something under another name but the "gripe water" saved both of us a lot of grief. It took a few "doses" to start really working though.  I don't know about adults.  Hope that helps.
Just remembered, when the kids were small and had tummy issues, there was a plant in my neighbors garden that I'd just take a "branch" and put into warm water and they drank it.  Tasted pretty good too. Don't know what your issues are but mint water is pretty good too.
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« Reply #103 on: July 27, 2010 08:41:58 AM »

Someone mentioned icthamol, which is a staple in my house. I'm pretty sure it doesn't have any fish in it. i was told it has tar, but as I'm not at home right now, I can't check. But when I get home I will. I have used it for as long as I can remember and it's amazing. It will draw almost anything out: splinters, infection. just put on a dab, cover with a band-aid, and leave for the day, or overnight. Note: if you value your sheets, cover the band-aid with something else (I have a special sock for all my foot injuries). It's messy and stains, but it works. It also goes by the name of Black sab/salve, or Drawing Sab/Salve.

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« Reply #104 on: September 22, 2010 01:49:27 PM »

Oh man, I always use super glue on any cuts I get.

YUP! Super Glue is my friend. Did you know it's original purpose was for closing cuts? Good old military first aid.
I have had to use this a couple times for cuts on my hands, b/c I work at a pizza shop, we do not use latex gloves, and we don't want to gross out customers by wearing band aids.

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« Reply #105 on: September 22, 2010 01:53:03 PM »

You know, I have heard that superglue was actually invented as a wound closer by the army, for out in the field, before they could get to the triage. If you get a clean cut, as in, an even slice, not raggedy, you can just run a bead of superglue in it to close the edges so it can heal up.

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« Reply #106 on: January 26, 2011 05:28:47 PM »

Even though this has been mentioned before Lavender oil is fantastic on burns. I burned my finger a few months back and once it was cooled down I coated it in lavender oil, it didn't blister and there's no scar.

Comfrey or nitbone, you can get it as an oil in a bottle or the actual plant. If you drop something heavy on your foot and you can't walk but it's not broken put the plant in a basin of hot water and soak your foot, it brings out the bruising and you'll find you can walk again within a few hours. If it's the oil just coat your foot in it and maybe soak a bandage in it and wrap your foot. Same effect but messier. I once dropped my mum's old singer sewing machine (the type in a table) on my knee (the table fell over and the machine came out and whacked me on the knee) I coated my knee in comfrey and kept a soaked bandage on my knee for a few hours. It bruised black and blue but I had no major problems with my knee other than it being sore for a day or two.

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« Reply #107 on: February 06, 2011 03:41:10 PM »

Some random bits-
We know the bag of frozen peas makes a good ice pack. Also, those little packs of fast food ketchup? Put a couple in the freezer for tiny ice packs.
Baking soda and water paste, for beestings. Also, for some reason, a paste of water and meat tenderizer works great for stings.
If you're bleeding, and need an emergency bandage-heck, even if you just want to put pressure and stop bleeding and keep it clean while someone is taking you to the doc's-use a sanitary napkin. Think about it. Maxipads are absorbent, and since they're in their own little package, they are sterile bandages! I read this in a book on camping/outdoor survival.
Duct tape for cactus needles and splinters has been mentioned. Something else that works is a thin layer of Elmer's white glue. Let it dry and peel it off. Prickley pear needles are teeny, numerous, and impossible to tweeze out!
Sunburn-soak in a lukewarm tub that you've poured at least a cup of baking soda in the water. It helps take care of some of the redness and pain. Do that every day.


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« Reply #108 on: August 02, 2011 08:22:46 PM »

If I get burnt I grab a pack of frozen vegetables. These are absolutely fantastic for any kind of burn. I've used it when I got burned cooking, soldering, and when using my glue gun. Put it on the second you get burnt and you won't have to worry just leave it on there about 5 minutes.
Also for poison ivy (I saw it mentioned) I've heard warm water works best and that's what I've always used when I come in contact with the awful stuff. If your body part that came in contact with the poison ivy itches rub it rather then scratch it (I've heard it helps) until you can wash.

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« Reply #109 on: September 16, 2011 05:45:43 PM »

Man, I've used most of these...Didn't see anything about splinting, so I figured I'd throw in my two cents. Have you ever worked with something heavy/unwieldy and ended up with a sprain or dislocation? Popsicle sticks and duct tape make a quick and dirty set of finger splints, and a large hankerchief can act as a sling in a pinch.
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