Can inhaling 'alco-wipes' ease acute nausea?
In a discussion of GP tips and tricks on an online GP discussion board, several members enthusiastically supported the use of nasal inhalation of ‘alco-wipes’ (sterile isopropyl alcohol pads) for the relief of acute nausea.
If effective, this seems a novel and practical intervention in general practice.
So what is the evidence — especially for conditions presenting with acute nausea and vomiting commonly seen in general practice, for example acute gastroenteritis?
What is the effectiveness of nasal inhalation of isopropyl alcohol as a treatment for acute nausea in otherwise well, ambulatory adults?
What does the research evidence say?
Step 1: the Cochrane Library
There is a Cochrane systematic review on aromatherapy for the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting, which includes