40 Bizarre Home Remedies Our Grandparents Taught Us That Actually Work

Nicholas Conley
By Nicholas Conley September 28, 2017 10:03

40 Bizarre Home Remedies Our Grandparents Taught Us That Actually Work

These days, it has become all too common for people to reach for a pill bottle or call the doctor anytime something goes wrong, or even for the smallest scrape. The simple, wacky home remedies of our grandparents, those weird concoctions formed from everyday household goods, are often mocked by today’s medical establishment. But surprisingly, the truth is that our grandparents actually knew a lot more about the world than we give them credit for, and many of these old-fashioned folk remedies actually work. Not just that, but many of them work better than the synthetic pharmaceuticals that so many people stuff their bodies with today.

Here are 40 weird, wacky, but shockingly effective home remedies that still work today, and would make grandma proud.

1. Use Garlic and Olive Oil for Athlete’s Footolive-oil-for-foot

Everyone knows about the many health benefits of garlic, but did you know that it can fix your athlete’s foot problem in a jiffy? Just mince some garlic cloves, mix them with natural olive oil, and then use bit of cotton to rub this mixture onto the affected area between the toes.

2. Potato Slices for Headachespotato slices for headaches

Headaches and/or migraines can ruin even the best day, but there is a weird natural solution that works: potato slices. Just cut a few slices from a raw potato, soak them in a very thin cloth, and apply them to your forehead or directly to the temples.

3. Ease Cuticle Infections with Vinegarvinegar

Done too much manicuring? Cuticles all torn up and infected? Make a glass of vinegar and warm water, then put your fingers in it for about 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure once a day or so until the infection fades away.

4. Use Vinegar to Cure Swimmer’s Ear

There’s nothing that ruins a good day at the beach like coming home with swimmer’s ear. But when your grandparents told you to drop some vinegar in your ears, they weren’t kidding. The acidic properties of vinegar can kill off that awful swimmer’s ear bacteria, leaving you feeling like yourself again. Just take out some white vinegar, dilute it with distilled water, and put three drops into the problematic ear, three times a day, until the problem fades.

5. Olive Oil for Eczema

Feeling itchy already? Eczema can make anyone grow crazy. But olive oil, which is full of antioxidants and often used as an ingredient in professional skin creams, isn’t just good for athlete’s foot: it can ease the symptoms of eczema as well. Simply rub some olive oil onto the eczema-affected areas of your skin, and it should help quite a bit. Moreover, olive oil is named in the Bible as a cure-all remedy.

6. Fix Hiccups with a Spoonful of SugarSpoonful Of Sugar

Yes, seriously. The legends are true. Don’t get too overzealous with it, because diabetes isn’t something to mess around with, but this old-fashioned trick will halt the hiccups in their tracks. The reason why is because the behavior we call “hiccups” are actually just spasms of your diaphragm, so having a spoon of dry sugar will throw off the nerve muscles and cure their agitation.

7. Get rid of warts with duct tapeduct-tape-bandage-hand

It sounds crazy, but it works. Instead of going to all the work to get your warts frozen off, just covered them with duct tape. After cleaning a wart off, just apply a strip of the tape to the affected area, and then keep it there for three days. After that, remove, rub the wart area with a pumice stone, and then apply new tape.  Continue this process every three days until the wart goes the way of the dinosaurs. Here are 26 practical survival uses for duct tape

8. Treat Acne with Coconut Oilcoconut oil

Coconut oil might seem like the cool new kid on the block, but it’s actually an old-timer that’s been around since the 1800s. In addition to many other uses, coconut oil is an effective treatment for acne, since its antibiotic properties prevent further breakouts. Just apply coconut oil to the skin, maybe mixing it with a little raw honey.

9. Have a Little Yogurt for That Bad Breathyogurt

Bad breath, officially known as halitosis, is a terrible thing to live with. But the cure for it is right there in your fridge: yogurt. At least two servings a day of this probiotic wonder, ideally a plain brand with no sugar, changes the landscape of your tongue so that it won’t breed any more the bad bacteria that produces that distinctive stink.

10. Deal with bug bites by using toothpastetoothpaste bites

Well, not technically the toothpaste itself, but rather, the peppermint oil inside the toothpaste: if you have the pure peppermint oil itself, that’s even more effective. Either way, applying peppermint oil to a bug bite—even if it’s just through dabbing on a little toothpaste – will immediately reduce the raw itchiness we all know too well.

11. Use Licorice to Eliminate Cornslicorice

Yes, licorice, everyone’s least favorite candy. But the one thing worse than licorice is having a corn on your toe. If you soak some licorice with oil, apply it all to the affected area, then wrap it tight under plastic wrap (and maybe a sock) for 6-8 hours—for instance, overnight—this will cause the licorice to soften the corn.

12. Ease Your Hangover with Apple Cider Vinegaracv

Drinking might be fun, but hangovers aren’t fun for anyone. But when you used to see grandpa downing a shot of apple cider vinegar after a night with his buddies, he knew what he was doing. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels in your stomach after a little too much alcohol throws it off. Just gulp down a teaspoon of this vinegar, or a small shot-glass. If you can’t take it straight, dilute it with some water. Here’s how you can make raw apple cider vinegar at home.

13. Constipation with beetsbeats

The human body needs to eliminate waste, and when it gets all bunched up, major discomfort ensues. One home solution you may have heard from your grandparents was to eat some fresh-steamed beets, then drink the water they were steamed in. This should clear out your colon like magic. Just be warned that when you do go, your stools or urine may be bright red: nothing to worry about, just the natural dye of the beets.

14. Vodka for stinky feetvodka

Having trouble with foot odor? Get some vodka. No, we’re not suggesting that you get drunk and avoid the problem. The key is that alcoholic is an antiseptic, which means it eliminates the fungus that causes foot odor, and dries your feet out. Just soak a thin cloth in some vodka, swipe your foot down, and feel the smell go away.

15. Mix Cumin, Honey, Cinnamon and Ginger for Diarrhea

A bad case of the runs can keep you up all night. Instead of taking drugs that will simply constipate you, thereby causing more stomach pains, a better natural remedy is to combine a teaspoon of cumin, and the same portion of honey, cinnamon, and ginger into a paste that you can drink. Check these 10 health benefits of cinnamon that surprised even us.

16. Lemons for an Earachelemons earache

Pain in the ears can be soothed by the application of freshly-squeezed lemons. Just squeeze a lemon onto a Q-tip, and delicately rub this just inside the ear to restore pH balance.

17. Stinging Nettle for Hair Lossnettle

You can’t force hair to regrow once it’s already gone, but you can slow down the rate of hair loss through the use of stinging nettle, an herb often used for tea. Drinking stinging nettle tea a few times a day should help, and you can also massage stinging nettle itself in your scalp.

18. Cure Nausea with Olivesolives

Whether it’s from motion sickness or an unpleasant sight, the familiar (but unpleasant) side effects associated with nausea can be cured by eating olives, due to the tannin inside them.

19. Potatoes for Spider BitesPotato-on-Leg spider bite

If a spider managed to sink its teeth into you, ease the itching and swelling by shredding a potato, wrapping the pieces in cloth, and applying to the bite area. Note, this is a treatment for symptoms of a regular, non-deadly bite: if the bite comes from a more deadly spider, such as a black widow, seek immediate medical attention.

20. Raw Honey for Chapped Lipshoney lips

Don’t ever waste your money on Chapstick again. Much has been said about the healing properties of raw, organic honey, but if your lips are chapped, you can simply apply honey to the affected area—rub it on, just as you would Chapstick—and it will do the job nicely, and taste better to boot. Just make sure the honey is both raw and organic. Here are 23 survival uses for honey that you didn’t know about.

21. Garlic for Allergiesgarlic

For a more natural antihistamine when your nasal allergies act up, eat lots of garlic, whether it’s straight bulbs or slices on crackers. Garlic contains a lot of the antioxidant quercetin, which eases allergy symptoms. If there’s no garlic in the pantry, onions work as well. This is how to treat allergies naturally.

22. Buttermilk and Ginger for Diarrhea

If you don’t have cumin on hand, another weird-but-effective home remedy for diarrhea is to mix half of a teaspoon of dry ginger into a cup of buttermilk, and drink it.

23. Treat Styes with Potatoes

If you haven’t noticed, potatoes are a lot more powerful than people realize. If you get a stye on your eye, just grate a potato, wrap the gratings in a cloth, and press to the affected area to ease inflammation.

24. Avoid Mosquitoes with Garlic

If you don’t want to get eaten alive with mosquitoes, enjoy a garlic-rich diet, because mosquitoes are totally repelled by garlic. For further protection, rub garlic oil on your skin. If it’s already too late, you can also ease the stinging of the bites with garlic as well. Here’s a DIY mosquito trap that really works!

25. Yams for Menopause

To up your dosage of vitamin A, lower your cholesterol, and add more antioxidants to your diet, start incorporating yams—real yams, not sweet potatoes—into your regular daily diet. This will help with common menopause symptoms.

26. Apples Help the Bowels

Apples are high in pectin, a naturally occurring fiber that both bulks up and softens stools. This means that apples are an effective treatment for both diarrhea and constipation. Just make sure to eat the skin too, which contains valuable ursolic acid.

27. Banana Peel for Poison IvyBanana-Peels

While bananas won’t prevent you from getting the allergic rash that 85% of the population contracts from touching poison ivy, they can help. Rub the inside of a banana peel against poison ivy rash for relief from the pain and itchiness.

28. Honey for Acid Reflux

As soon as the symptoms of acid reflux begin affecting you, swallow three spoons of honey, and it should help you achieve better digestion.

29. Blackstrap molasses for ConstipationBlackstrap-Molasses-Benefits

If you suffer from frequent constipation, try injecting a little blackstrap molasses into your diet, whether as a coffee additive or an extra ingredient in cookies. This molasses should ease constipation, but be careful not to over-indulge, because too much molasses will increase constipation.

30. Pine Syrup for Sore Throats

You know what helps a sore throat? Pine needles. Yes, really. To make pine syrup, collect a cup of freshly-washed pine needles, and thoroughly blend them. Meanwhile, boil water, corn syrup, and a bit of salt, mix this with the needles, then steep for a few hours. Keep this syrup in the refrigerator for at least a month, then keep it on hand forever to treat sore throats. See how to make pine syrup at home (step by step guide with pictures).

31. DIY Cough Syrup

If you want to make a good cough syrup from the ingredients of your pantry, mix together ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a few spoons of water. Mix it all together, and have 1-3 teaspoons to ease coughing symptoms. This is how I make my own cough mixture.

32. Garlic for toothache

Nothing will keep you up at night like a bad cavity or an exposed nerve. While garlic won’t cure the underlying issue, chewing on garlic at night, particularly chewing whole cloves in the affected area, will ease pain tremendously.

33. Put on Wet Socks to Treat a Cold

Hear us out for a minute. To treat the symptoms of a common cold, begin by soaking your feet in hot water for at least three minutes – or just taking a bath. Meanwhile, soak a pair of your socks in ice water. Put the socks on your feet, cover them up with a pair of wool socks, and then go to bed. As you sleep with these horribly cold feet, the blood vessels will constrict, pushing nutrients up into your body to push out the infection.

34. Fix Dry Skin

To soften dry skin, break down two bananas and mix them with a bit of honey. Apply this paste to the skin, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off, and your skin should feel softer.

35. Teabags for Burnsteabags

Get a cool-temperature, wet teabag, of any tea, and place it directly on the burned area. This won’t fix the burn, but it will relieve the pain almost immediately.

36. Oil Pulling

This might have become a trend recently, but it’s actually an old practice that our grandparents learned from their grandparents. Basically, enhance your dental routine by taking a spoonful of coconut oil – though other oils work as well – and swishing it in your mouth for five minutes a day, specifically pulling it through the teeth, and then spit it out into the toilet. The oil will “pull” all of the toxins out of the mouth, allowing you to spit them out in one go. When used in addition to standard brushing and flossing, oil pulling will help digestion, reduce gingivitis, prevent receding gums, get rid of bad breath, strengthen teeth, and much, much more.

37. Help Eczema with an Oatmeal Bathoatmeal-bath-baby-eczema-Small

If the horrendous itchiness of eczema still has you down, you can hugely reduce the itchiness by following your grandmother’s old advice taking a bath of oatmeal. There’s a reason that so many lotions and pharmaceutical eczema treatments contain oatmeal as an ingredient: it really works! For a home solution, just make a bath for yourself, fill it with colloidal oatmeal, and then soak for a while.

38. Stop Your Snoring

Is your snoring annoying your wife or husband? Try drinking a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder added to it before bed, and hear your partner’s relief.

39. Basil Leaves and Ginger for Feverbasil leaves

Fevers are the body’s way of pushing out an infection, but when it’s time to cut back on the heat, here’s a home solution. Crush some ginger and basil leaves together into  paste, then add a teaspoon of honey. Squeeze out the liquid, and then take a drink ever four hours or so.

40. Soak Golden Raisins in Gin for Arthritisraisins in gin

If there’s one thing that afflicted so many of our grandparents, it was the terrible swelling pains of arthritis. But they had a home remedy that still works today. Get some golden raisins, soak them in gin, and let it sit overnight until all of the gin has been soaked up. After this is done, eat about ten raisins a day. While this won’t fix the underlying problems of arthritis, it will greatly ease the symptoms. Here are more old fashioned arthritis remedies your ancestors used.

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Nicholas Conley
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  1. left coast chuck September 28, 15:27

    I doubt our grandparents used duct tape for warts. They might have used adhesive tape or some other adhesive, but duct tape as a generally available product has only become popular in the last 30 years. While it may have been available to the military and to construction crews, it generally wasn’t available at your local hardware store.

    I can attest that tea does help with burns. I burned around my right eye with hot wax on a hunting trip. Being young and foolish I didn’t have any first aid equipment with me. I soaked toilet paper in cool tea and applied it to the burn area. I wasn’t to be picked up for two days, so that is what I used for two days. The doctor said using the cool tea on the burn kept it from scaring. By the time I saw him two days later, the burn was well on its way to healing. He recommended continuing to use cool tea on the burn. That was 64 years ago and burn gels had not been invented yet. If you were burned badly enough you got sulfa ointment put on the burn to prevent infection.

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    • Rowena September 28, 15:47

      My grandparents used vinegar on warts. I have used apple cider vinegar on my son’s warts and it worked! In 10 days, his warts were gone.

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      • Graywolf12 October 30, 15:23

        My grandfather used a slice of potato with an eye on it. Rub the cut side on the wart, put it in a tin can, bury it, place 3 stones on top, and do not go back to that site until the wart is gone. It was done at a full, moon for best results. It is facts that warts can be affected by the mind. Almost any of the old cures will believe part of the time if you believe it will work.

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  2. Rowena September 28, 15:43

    Excellent suggestions. I would like to add one to the list for burns. If you dab a bit of pure lavender essential oil directly on the burn straight away, the pain will ease and blisters will not form. Very cool stuff.

    Here is another good one. Activated charcoal can be ingested to counteract food poisoning or alcohol indulgence. It can also be applied directly to insect bites, or mixed with honey and applied to infected wounds. The charcoal absorbs the poisons like sponge to water.

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    • left coast chuck September 28, 21:10

      Fortunately I have never been so hung over that I would have been willing to eat charcoal. That would be some really nasty hangover.

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      • Rowena September 29, 01:30

        Hilarious. I stuff activated charcoal into veggie caps ’00’. If I happen to indulge, which is rare, I take ten capsules. No hangover in the morning. It also serves to slow the intoxication process—go figure. For more hardcore sorts, you can add the charcoal in water and drink it down.

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        • left coast chuck September 30, 01:45

          I didn’t think about using capsules. I envisioned a tablespoon full of charcoal. Charcoal absorbs stuff. It makes sense it would absorb alcohol in the stomach too. Anything that slows down absorption by the body and into the bloodstream will slow down the effects of alcohol. That’s why they recommend a greasy hamburger before going to a cocktail party. That’s why you can have two drinks on an empty stomach and be on your butt drunk, especially if you are tired at the same time.

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    • Graywolf12 October 30, 15:27

      You can buy charcoal capsules at Walmart or any health food store. If you eat something and you think it was going to make you sick take a couple caps and you will probably not become ill. We use it for diarrhea.

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  3. Lisa September 28, 17:35

    Witch hazel is multi purpose addition to your supplies. and you can grow it in your front yard. It is excellent for acne, hemorrhoids, bug bites, dry skin, and insect stings. It reduces swelling any where. It will reduce dogs hot spot and itching. I recently learned that it will even clean sweat and body oil from upholstery.

    Also, beats should be spelled BEETS. Apple cider vinegar is what to use on warts. concur. Potato needs to be fresh out of the ground to work best.

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    • left coast chuck September 28, 21:07

      Witch hazel is in my EOTW supply to use for cat baths. No, I do not bathe the cat with witch hazel, I bathe myself with it. Soak a wash cloth in w.h. and wipe yourself down. It will eliminate body odors and leave you feeling refreshed. A pint of w.h. will provide about ten days of washing and save a bunch of water.

      How does one go about extracting the solution from the witch hazel plant? Does one crush and extract the juice or does one steam it and gather the distillate? Is the witch hazel one buys at WallyWorld the pure juice of the witch hazel plant or have they done something to it to stretch the natural ingredients out further?

      If one makes a tincture of w.h. with IPA, then there is no net gain because one would have to store IPA in place of storing plain w.h. (IPA is isopropyl alcohol)

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      • Barbara in SC September 28, 22:50

        I read recently that inexpensive witch hazel bought in drug and food stores has a preservative in it. I recently ordered organic witch hazel by Humphreys and it’s very fine.

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  4. Cate September 28, 19:48

    BEETS – not beats. One nourishes you, the other knocks you around.

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  5. Laurie September 28, 20:53

    I have tremors and need help so I can hopd my spoon better Do you know what to use ? Thank you for checking it out for me. Delores Vogt

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  6. Wannabe September 28, 21:40

    #40- Ten a day? Shoot I would eat a hundred a day. Lol

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    • left coast chuck September 28, 22:19

      The reason it works is because the gin makes you feel no pain. There is an element of truth in the old description of someone who has over indulged in alcohol, “He was feeling no pain,” Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant.

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  7. Nashoba September 29, 00:42

    Use chewed chewing tobacco on scorpion stings and red wasp stings.

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    • left coast chuck September 29, 02:24

      But first you have to find somebody with a wad who is willing to stick it on your scorpion sting.

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      • Nashoba September 29, 03:09

        I’m your guy. Each happened to me. I happened to be down in the sticks helping my father in law work on his farm one day loading rocks to make a walkway at a lake cabin. Grabbed a nice flat rock and the scorpion hit me so hard you could hear the “pop”. I jerked back stomped the scorpion, and my father in law spat out his chew of Cotton Bowl Twist and said hold it on the sting. I made a fist with the tobacco on the sting and ten minutes later it quit hurting. I kept moving rocks one handed till the pain stopped and kept on working. The other time with the red wasp, I was the one chewing Union Standard at the time and I slapped it on the sting on my shin. Same results.

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        • left coast chuck September 29, 05:09

          I wonder if it is the saliva in the chewing tobacco, the tobacco or a combination of both? If it is just the chewing tobacco, I could see keeping a can in your first aid kit, moistening it with water and applying when in scorpion country. I’ve never chewed and I am sure at this late stage I don’t want to start. I’ll have to do some research on tobacco as a poultice.

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          • Nashoba September 29, 05:39

            I haven’t chewed in thirty years but my father in law chewed for seventy or maybe 80 years. He was 92 when he died and was still chewing that old harsh Cotton Bowl Twist. I tried it a few times and I was just not man enough to handle the lightheadedness and the heartburn. Red Man and Union Standard were good every now and then but I never tried snuff. Never smoked either but for the occasional Swisher Sweet cigar. Just never got into that.

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          • Wannabe September 29, 13:21

            Just get the old fashion pouch of chewing tobacco. Does not have to be used because tobacco is already moist. Just get a good pinch put it in a paper towel or rag and place tobacco directly on the sting. Use duct tape or shoe string or whatever you have to keep it from slipping off area being treated.

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    • Wannabe September 29, 13:17

      It does not have to be chewed. Use the old fashion chewing tobacco because it has a certain amount of moisture in it. Apply immediately it keeps sting from swelling up. This makes me think of my grandpa. He loved red man. He quit chewing when the price went up ten cents a pack. He would roll in his grave if he knew how much it cost today. Lol

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    • Gentlhart November 23, 21:37

      I’ve tried tobacco on bee stings and it does work but a crushed tomato leaf works better and faster.

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  8. diane September 29, 01:16

    can attest that raw honey applied to a burn will not only stop pain, but if covered with a honey-laced bandage, will prevent any blisters, and completely eliminate one if a blister was present.

    strawberry leaf tea for Diarrhea
    raspberry leaf tea to jumpstart contractions for overdue pregnancy–use judiciously.

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  9. left coast chuck September 29, 05:31

    Researching tobacco as a poultice two websites popped up: Snuffhouse.com and Mountainman traditional healing.
    Both of them talked about using a poultice of snuff or chewing tobacco to alleviate the itch of mosquito bites and bee stings. One person who posted said that he/she was a beekeeper and kept a tin of snuff at all times while working the bees to use on bee stings. I suspect it is the nicotine in the tobacco that reacts on the venom of the sting. Since chewing was the handiest, that’s the traditional way to moisten the tobacco enough to activate whatever the chemical is that reacts with the sting. I suspect that tobacco thoroughly mixed with water would serve the same purpose if one didn’t want to chew tobacco. Good addition to a first aid kit in scorpion country which SoCal is.

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  10. Doccmt September 29, 05:53

    Black widow spider bites are not deadly except maybe to an infant or a very sick elderly person but what would they be doing hanging around black widows? The worst it will do is cause some stomach cramps. The treatment is calcium so eat some tums.

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    • left coast chuck September 30, 01:38

      While spider and poisonous snake bites are frequently not fatal the big problem with them is the necrosis of the flesh around the bite site. I’ve seen pictures of the damage done to a person from a spider bite and it is not pretty.

      For the past two years, early in the year, something has bitten me on the underside of my arm near my wrist. On each such occasion the bite immediately went into cellulitis. Last year I didn’t go to the doctor right away and by the time I stupidly realized that I was in trouble I had the telltale red streaks up my arm to above my elbow. When I woke up with that symptom I hotfooted it to the Doc in the Box first thing. I was standing at their door when they opened. This year as soon as it swelled and the inflammation showed up I didn’t wait but got right to the E.R. as the Doc in the Box advised last year. I don’t know what the insect was. It was a flying insect as each time I was standing up once I was sweeping and once I was installing a clothesline with my arms in the air, so I know it wasn’t a spider. I unfortunately I smashed the bug flat and rolled my hand over it to make sure I actually killed it. The Ag Commission said without an identifiable corpse they couldn’t ID the bug. In the 50 years I have lived in this town I have never been stung by a bee or bitten by any insect other than a mosquito. Hope this is not a new trend.
      The first time I didn’t do much about it. Put some witch hazel on it to lessen the pain of the bite. This year I washed it down with both IPA, peroxide and soap and water. Next time I am close to the tobacco shop I intend to get a pouch of Red Man for my first aid kit.

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  11. Nashoba September 30, 04:21

    I have been retired for about eight years now (was a hospital administrator) but we had begun keeping a taser in the ER for spider bites. The ER doc would pinch the skin out to allow the bite to be between the poles of the taser and then hit it for a couple of seconds, maybe less, and the electricity would break down the poison in the bitten area. I was amazed at how well it worked. Maybe we should all have a taser in our medical kit?

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    • left coast chuck September 30, 16:29

      Was it a taser or a stun gun? They are different. A taser shoots out a dart that is attached to wires. It generally has a much higher voltage than a stun gun. A stun gun has two terminals and the voltage flows between the two terminals and incapacitates nerves in the area of the voltage flow. A taser is what the cops carry and is the electric weapon that cases a subject to fall to the ground and jerk around. It is quite painful.

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      • Nashoba October 1, 00:55

        I stand corrected. It was a device with two electrical nodes that extended from one end of the device. No projectiles could be fired from it. Nevertheless, the effect of the arcing electricity broke down the poison from the spider bites.

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        • left coast chuck October 2, 23:59

          That’s commonly called a “stun gun”. It does basically the same thing as a taser but I believe the taser imparts a bigger jolt than the stun gun. Also the taser lets the cop stand off and shoot the darts at the person he is trying to subdue whereas with the stun gun one must be up close and personal. I don’t know which would be rose, the bite or the stun gun application. Best advice — avoid both if at all possible.

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          • HHMom November 23, 19:44

            We used live stock prods (available in various lengths depending on the use, we used short ones like for working with hogs, check a veterinary supply catalog) for treating venomous bites/stings. You need a stronger voltage for the more venomous (snakes, scorpions), lower voltage for less (bees, mosquitos). We helped quite a few people in Africa with ours. Stun guns are probably more than needed.

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  12. Nita November 24, 16:50

    My grandmother always used a few drops warmed sweet oil for earaches. She used to get it at the drugstore. Don’t know if they still carry it.

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    • Beth November 29, 16:40

      They do! I read the ingredient after I bought the bottle, and it was the most expensive olive oil I ever bought…

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  13. bryanerb November 25, 17:54

    Our family always vacationed in Vermont and all of the kids always got poison ivy. Back on Long Island, one year I went into the ocean and the next day all of the pustules were gone. After that, the ocean was always the first stop after vacation.

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