Healthcare Workers Share Their Favorite Strange But True Medical Facts

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    Science and medicine work in mysterious ways. There is so much to understand about the human body that you’d need several lifetimes to figure it all out. We went looking for some strange medical facts, and found more than we knew what to do with. Healthcare workers started sharing all kinds of hilariously true medical facts --see below for a few of our favorites. Don't forget to add your strange medical fact that is true in the comments section below!

    Gary B.:

    “Dogs can smell when a patient is about to have a tonic clonic seizure and can be trained to give the patient a pre-alert to get to a safe place before it actually happens.”

    Angelique L.:

    “If you have cut yourself in your mouth/gum, have a teaspoon of white sugar. It stops the bleeding immediately.”

    Katherine C.:

    “Bloody nose that won’t stop? Roll up gauze or tissue and place between the upper lip and gum. The pressure will INSTANTLY stop even the bloodiest of noses and you don’t need to stick tissue in the nares!”

    Tye H.:

    “In my personal experience, flies do land on patients who are close to death.”

    Barry E.:

    “If you are about to sneeze and you bite your top lip, the feeling should pass.”

    Eden L.:

    “Your cervix and your head/face/neck/mouth are all connected. My GYN told me about this before using local anesthetic in my cervix pre-IUD implant. I’m a nurse and I did not believe him when he said my ears may ring/get tingling in my mouth or feel dizzy when given the local. I then felt like I was drunk and euphoric. ??? (Please note, I had no IV drugs/premeds.)”

    Taylor W.:

    “Little elderly ladies with dementia will KNOCK YOU OUT with one punch! We called it dementia hulk strength!”

    Joanne O.:

    “If you give IV furosemide too fast it can make you go deaf… Permanently! ?”

    Michelle A.:

    “Rubbing Vicks vapor rub onto the soles of your feet then putting socks on stops coughing. It’s a godsend when my kids get coughs and can’t sleep.”

    Shaun D.:

    “What you see may not be what is actually “out there” in the world. The brain has to reconstruct the images. You see with your brain, the eyes don’t ‘see’ anything.”

    Thirkill T.:

    “St. John’s Wort makes health professionals anxious because it reacts with basically everything.”

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    Valerie Akin
    1 month ago

    Giving an iv steroid too quickly will make the patients’ genitals feel like fire!

    1 month ago

    Hiccups can be stopped by putting a teaspoon of sugar on the tongue.