poor man’s viagra?

We’ve all used a packet of frozen peas when there’s no ice pack in the house haven’t we? Hemorrhoid ointment for eye wrinkles? A dab of toothpaste to dry out a pimple? More old fashioned remedies found here

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“People reach for what they have on hand, which might account for why common household products show up so frequently in strange home remedies. Who knew you could use Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia as an underarm deodorant instead of a laxative?

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Perhaps the most versatile of all is Vicks VapoRub. A foot care nurse told us that some of her colleagues were using Vicks on patients’ fungus-infected toenails. Then we heard from another nurse that smearing Vicks on the soles of the feet could help a child with a cough sleep through the night.

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It wasn’t long before the floodgates opened and we began to hear about using Vicks on paper cuts, mosquito bites and seborrheic dermatitis. Others find it useful for softening calluses on their feet or scaly skin on elbows. One woman insisted that Vicks can relieve the discomfort of hemorrhoids, but we generally advise against this application. A man who tried it reported that “the menthol, camphor and napalm instantly engulfed my hemorrhoidal locality in spontaneous combustion”

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There is another place one should probably not put Vicks. We recently received this message from a reader: “I was experimenting with Vicks VapoRub to see if it would help my jock itch. I inadvertently got some where I shouldn’t. I believe I have found a poor man’s Viagra.”

A drug that has also earned the name of “poor man’s Viagra” but for a totally different reason is Mectizan

“I’ve trained a lot of surgeons to do this operation,”  said Dr Laurissaint as he sliced open the engorged scrotum of 68-year-old Gesner Nicé, emptied more than a pint of clear liquid, then began trimming away with a cauterizing scalpel. Mr. Nicé, a woodcutter, has lymphatic filariasis, a disease in which clusters of four-inch worms as fine as blond hairs nest in the lymph nodes, the body’s drainage system, stretching them until lymph fluid can only drain downward.

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In cities like Léogâne, Haiti, more than a quarter of the men are tormented by the condition, their scrotum swelling to the size of a softball, or a basketball in severe cases. Treating symptoms can be costly. Hydrocele operations run from $30 to $120 in different countries. But eradication, which is complicated and costlier still, means treating millions of people with deworming drugs every year, drugs that do not cure the disease itself, but prevent its being passed on by killing the baby worms that mosquitoes transmit.

Several drugs — all first developed for cattle and pets — will kill the worms. An alluring aspect is that people like their side effects: they kill other worms too. Within days, mothers see their toddlers pass hookworms and adults see their lice and scabies fall off.

“People feel a lot better,” one doctor said. “Mectizan is sometimes called ‘the poor man’s Viagra.’ People stop itching, they feel great, and — voila! I’ve heard of babies named Mectizan.”

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  1. Hemorrhoid ointment for eye wrinkles

    That is one I told me wife as she had not heard about it before. It says right on the tube “reduces Swelling”

    However, guys a lesson. If women use this beauty treatment they do NOT appreciate being called a butthead all day..haha

    • Being married to you must be “interesting” bearman

  2. This is what i call informed nursing. Pass the Vicks.

    • Coming right up

  3. Meet my son Penicillin and my daughter Cough Drop.

    • Peni and Coughy? I bet they got a lot of ribbing at school ;-)

  4. Scrotum swelling… would a Dyson extra strong suction nozzle be of any use for this condition?
    Sx

  5. Yikes there is no way that Vicks and my membrum virilis are going into contact!

    • Just don’t get Vicks mixed up with Vaseline

  6. What the world really needs is a poor man’s Nizoral…

    • I had to google that

  7. Testicle the size of a softball… that would never fit in my cup protector.

    Sorry I haven’t posted or commented much recently. Stuff hasn’t been going so well on my end. Hopefully I find a new job and get back to my routine soon.

    • I hope so too xx

  8. i was mortified by the picture of the tattooed soles – wondering if it tickled as much as i think it would… and then i got to Mr. BouncyBalls. Zoicks!

    • You’ve got ticklish soles? I’ll remember that the next time we travel together

  9. I LOVED having my mom put Vicks VapoRub on my chest when I was a kid! (Although no miraculous enlargement occurred.)
    Now I’m wondering if it gave me a bit of a high?

    • My brother and I loved it too. And a tiny dab under the nose

  10. “The Tattoed Sole” sounds like a band name.

    • Or “The Tattooed Soul”

  11. I love the “napalm” additional ingredient for Vicks on the hemorrhoids. Though I have never personally experienced it, I understand Ben-Gay on the male member can have many of the same napalm-like qualities. YEOUCH!

    • Again, something I had to google

      • OK, I have to ask – you had to Google napalm, you had to Google Ben-Gay (thus demonstrating the onset of my full-bore old fartedness), or if not those……well, which one of those two? :D

      • Ben-Gay

      • Oh, you mean Ben-Hur’s homosexual brother…..

  12. Come to think of it, I haven’t had to have my scrotum lanced in quite a spell. Leeches are less painful but also take a lot longer.

  13. Wow. I’m speechless about some of the stuff here. I do know that toothpaste is a fantastic silver polish.

    • Ooh I’d forgotten about that one

  14. I’m flabbergasted … I was busy penning a post about Hemorrhoid ointment … it really does work, you know!

    • I thought you were writing about gerberas and food

  15. Enlarging of the genitalia can be scary at times…

    The King

    • …..and oh so wonderful at others

  16. Blistex, the stuff they sell for cold sores, is a marvelous remedy for “runner’s butt” (sweaty friction between the cheeks). I don’t know about getting random with Vicks.

    • Hey that’s a good tip Sled. Thanks.

  17. I hate Vicks. My mother used to rub it on my chest when I was young and used to get bronchitis often. I hate the smell of it. I hate the feel of itow!

    Speaking of burning genitals and home remedies – yohourt and vinegar both work well on thrush when applied topically. I once made the mistake of using undiluted vinegar. Owie ow ow!

    • My phone put in that ectra ‘ow’ :(

      • No, Sync, I think the vinegar did it! :-)

  18. Now I know what to use for my calluses.

  19. I used toothpaste to stop a termite swarm once.

  20. Bet you didn’t know Milk of Magnesia was invented by a physician in Belfast to treat the Marquis of Anglesea. Good to know it’s so versatile it can even be used as an underarm deodorant.

  21. Seems most of those remedies would work as birth control as well.

  22. Jesus christ I hate reading about ANYTHING that might impair my sex life. Holy shit, how does that guy up there WALK???

  23. I think he must just grab a handful of flesh and bounce along.

  24. Vicks and Axe Oil – theyre life giving for me. When I feel sick or nausea or stressed, the very smell calms me. I have one in every bag and luggage.
    That sole tattoo pix is awesome!

  25. (frozen) Peas and carrots!
    (don’t really like the sound of that last bit)
    *curled into a ball and slowly rocking back and forth*

  26. Remind me never to visit Haiti.

  27. Ouch, damn girl

  28. Common sense dictates that Vicks should not be applied willy-nilly to just any old body part That said, there used to be a product for muscle aches called “Heat”, and for extremely good reason. I can tell you from personal experience, “Heat” accidentally dropped on one’s hooha is an event one never quite forgets.

  29. Vicks and the more delicate potions of my anatomy came into accidental contact ONCE! Never ever again!

  30. I haven’t seen or used vicks vaporub for years.

    Sometimes when my gums are swollen (because I’m still procrastinating about my wisdom teeth removal), I use Axe Medicated oil to soothe it.

  31. There’s a cough syrup in this country called Covonia. Nice name for a girl, don’t you think?

  32. On the basis that everything seems to work on anything, I may try all of these out at the same time

  33. That giant scrotum thing made me want to vomit…and I don’t even have balls.

    • Hey Red, welcome to the gimcrack

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  35. Vick’s not so much…
    Mentholatum works like a dream for the aforementioned posterior pain!
    http://www.mentholatum.com/ointment.aspx
    I use it in my nasal cavities when I have a cold….ahhhh, relief, and no chapped skin around your nose either.

    • Hi Dan, do you have a blog?

  36. Remind me never to read your posts over breakfast

    Love the tattooed sole

    • Or lunch. Or dinner.

  37. Any worm disease scares the crap out of me. I could easily become woman in a bubble after reading that post. I almost passed out while hearing a lecture on worm diseases, and they described catching a giant tape worm by holding a piece of food up to the person’s mouth, and then grabbing the worm when it comes up for a bite. Really? Is it worth the psychological torture? Then, the person feels them yank a giant worm out.

    • I’ve read about that too. But the worm was coming out of an open sore. you can’t pull it out or it will break apart so you have to wind it around a stick a little each day until you get to the end…..

      • Aaaargh! Gross! Eeeewwww! *holds ears and runs away*

  38. So many novel enlightenments!

  39. What on earth would possess someone to put Vicks THERE!? Ouch!

  40. Ewww.

  41. I can’t wait till a rock star or idiot actor names his son (or daughter? is it a gender-neutral name?) Mectizan,


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