By Paula Ebben, WBZ-TVBy Paula Ebben

BOSTON (CBS) – When most of us get sick or need medical attention, we want the latest high tech remedy. But you might not need it. There are many simple cures to little ailments right around your house.

Would you ever consider rubbing your feet with vodka?

Well, that’s one unorthodox treatment for foot odor. Dr. Albert Levy, a family doctor, says the alcohol in the vodka can work like an antiseptic, killing odor causing fungus and bacteria.

There are many cures which sound crazy, but actually work.

For example, duct tape can help eliminate warts. A recent academic study found covering a wart with this all purpose tape works better than the traditional treatment of freezing them off.

WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports.

The duct tape basically suffocates the wart causing it to shrink over time. “A wart is a virus, so you don’t want the virus to thrive,” said Dr. Levy.

Another unconventional treatment involves tension headaches. Just grab a pencil, but instead of writing with it, clench it in your teeth.

This will relax your jaw, and the muscles that connect it to the temple area. “This position of the pencil may alleviate TMJ,” said Dr. Levy.

Foods can also play different roles as well. For example, try yogurt to combat bad breath.

Applying olive oil to your skin can help alleviate eczema.

A teaspoon of sugar really can help rid hiccups.

Powered cloves on a cut can help keep it from getting infected. Dr. Levy added that many dentists have used this trick for years.

Listerine can perform other functions besides freshening your breath. It also helps blisters heal and stay clean. Just dab it on three a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts.

Of course doctors say that if anything is serious or persists for a long period of time, you should be seen by a medical professional.

Comments (10)
  1. jerry says:

    I have a few remedies as well 1.) if you get stung by a wasp or bee of any kind immediatly put finger nail polish on it as soon as it it will relieve the sting and help it from swelling as bad . 2.) my brother has had migraines for the last 18 years real bad 2 were he spent a majority of it in bed because of it being so bad they just figured out that if he drinks a protein shake everyday his migraines started to go away and he has not had a migraine in about a month now which is truly amazing . If you ever wanna try the protein shake its called ( whey protein you can get it at wal-mart i believe im dead serious my brother had migraines so bad that he was in bed wearing a mask over his eyes 5-7 days a week and the doctors could not even figure it out why his was so bad and it turned out that he was not getting enough protein in his diet and he started drinking one glass a day and his migraines slowly started to stop , so if anyone gets migrains real bad try that this is no joke .

  2. Punjab says:

    Why waste expensive vodka when rubbing alcohol will do the same thing.

    This one has worked wonders for me. i suffered a nasty burn on one hand and immediately immersed it in a bowl of plain yogurt. cChanged the yougurt a couple of times and kept the hand in it for a few hours. Pain was completely gone. Of course my doc laughed at this later when I told him.

  3. Cynic says:

    Isn’t this a waste of good Vodka?
    My favorite home remedy is the Claw Hammer… If you stub your toe ,try hitting yourself on the Head with a hammer…Guaranteed to take your mind off the pain in your Toe.

  4. jaygee says:

    I tried this once and it worked. When I got home late one night my wife tied me to the kitchen chair with duct tape and then went into the living room and had a vodka & tonic.

  5. roadbowler says:

    Duct tape and vodka also works if your significant other refuses to put out….just kidding

  6. emom says:

    Duct tape works for guys that only want something when we say no,, try peeling that off can you say OUCH. .

  7. emom says:

    Duct tape also works on MOTHER IN LAWS , when they wont shut the heck up and continue to dictate how they do stuff, THIS IS NOT 1950 TROLL GET A CLUE AND CRAWL UNDER YOUR BRIDGE ,,,,

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