should health professionals be allowed to eat garlic?

(30 Posts)
TaggieCampbellBlackFriday Wed 21-Nov-12 11:19:05

Or should they be more considerate to those they are breathing over?

Yes. It tastes nice and has health benefits.
Chewing parsley afterwards is advisable though.

honeytea Wed 21-Nov-12 11:20:56

Yes unless they are vampires.

My DH is in healthcare and never eats garlic unless he's off the next day. All sauces etc have to be scrutinised for garlic/onion. This is good for his clients but the rest of us suffer like fuck if it's a day off day. He holds on to the smell dreadfully - some people do I guess - and he's so bad he could empty a room if he's been on the garlic.

Dawndonna Wed 21-Nov-12 11:32:18

I worked with a g.p. years ago who had a sign on his door: 'I eat lots of garlic, sorry'. We thought it was great, as did his patients. Nobody seemed to mind with the sign up. Forewarned, I guess!

scarletforya Wed 21-Nov-12 11:37:39

I don't think it would be reasonable to stop them but it can be offputting. A few years back I had a mammogram on one of the hottest days of summer. The lady operating it had really bad garlic breath, she was kneading my boobs onto the plate and the room was stifling hot with the big machine! I nearly fainted with the pain and the garlic fumes!

I avoid it as much as possible myself as I am one of those people who smells if I do eat it. I feel sorry for dentists these days though with garlic in everything it must make their job a lot more unpleasant.

PhilipLarkinwasright Wed 21-Nov-12 11:38:48

Personally, when a nurse is covered in my vomit, wiping my backside or mopping up my pus filled blood, I definitely don't want them smelling of anything other than roses.

2rebecca Wed 21-Nov-12 11:40:02

Should ill people be allowed to breath and cough germs all over health professionals?

Vivalebeaver Wed 21-Nov-12 11:41:36

I eat garlic if and when I want to. Believe me I don't get paid enough to have my free time dictated to on top of everything else.

Should some patients be allowed to be so smelly?

TaggieCampbellBlackFriday Wed 21-Nov-12 11:42:35

Thai fishcakes for lunch then.
Apologies in advance. Will purchase polos on the way.

As a health professional myself ... If garlic is the most offensive smell you have come across then you are lucky! Although any strong smell in a hot and stuffy room can make me feel ill.

I personally would like some people decontaminated and on occasions their homes too.

It is my dentist (who is an excellent clinician) but a very heavy smoker that I wish I could change the smell of (I see him socially too).

BuddyTheChristmasElf Wed 21-Nov-12 11:45:28

Garlic is healthy!

they should NOT dowse themselves in cheap purfume or body spray in the change room before starting a shift though! eugh! honestly purfume is a person thing, leave it off if you're about to get up close and personal with people as a HCP

When people smoke/use body spray etc on breaks I really think garlic is small fry

munch away!

Vivalebeaver Wed 21-Nov-12 12:00:57

I must admit I won't eat a packet of pickled onion monster munch if I'm working that day. Nor would I wear loads of perfume.

TaggieCampbellBlackFriday Wed 21-Nov-12 12:04:51

What about geranium oil. Is that allowed?

Vivalebeaver Wed 21-Nov-12 12:07:21

I dunno, does it smell? grin

The reason I lay off the perfume is because I look after women giving birth so I'm with them for 10 hours at a time when they're likely to feeling quite nauseous anyway.

If I was a nurse I'd wear a bit of perfume, and I do if I ever work on the postnatal ward.

ClippedPhoenix Wed 21-Nov-12 12:07:51

I have to say that I've done this unintentionally, I've eaten something whilst out at lunch or in the evening and not taken much notice of the garlic content and been told by a colleague or friend that I whiff.

TaggieCampbellBlackFriday Wed 21-Nov-12 12:11:26

It smells rosey. Might counteract the garlic (and sweat of hanging over a pool gor 8 jours)

TigerFeet Wed 21-Nov-12 12:15:08

I'm another one who holds onto the smell. I can reek of it for days if I have a particularly garlicky meal - come to think of it I'm probably not so fragrant today as dh and I went out for lunch yesterday grin.

I'm not a health professional but I do have to deal with suppliers and customers face to face sometimes, so if I know in advance that I'm going to have to do that, I'll avoid garlic the day before so I don't have to go into a meeting feeling paranoid about having rancid breath.

Gettheetoanunnery Wed 21-Nov-12 12:20:07

Of course they should be allowed! It's got so many health benefits, and I actually really like the smell of it. Have never got why everyone hates it, it's lovely and sweet.
I'm paranoid now though, I love garlic but have always assumed the smell goes after I've brushed my teeth/washed my hands etc as I can't smell it on myself anymore. Bet people have been avoiding me and my garlic breath for years

peppersaunt Wed 21-Nov-12 17:19:38

Still recall gagging at my orthodontist's ciggie/coffee breath 30 years ago

InNeedOfBrandy Wed 21-Nov-12 17:23:38

How do you know if you smell of garlic? 80% of the meals I cook start with slow cooked onions and garlic. The only time I have noticed people smelling garlicy was whan I was pregnant, it was awful but then everything smelt awful then.

stargirl1701 Wed 21-Nov-12 17:25:27

YABU. Yes they should.

They should not be allowed to smell of tobacco smoke IMO.

<awaits flaming>

HoolioHallio Wed 21-Nov-12 17:26:59

I 'never' notice the smell of garlic from anyone else.

Fag breath on the other hand - now that SHOULD be banned!

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 17:27:21

I am careful. Although I rarely work with medically/surgically unwell people I am aware that any strong smell whether it be perfume, food, disinfectant or smoke can be particularly offensive to people who feel ill, being examined or who are feeling vulnerable. I love perfume but I do have to consider that others do not.

AdoraJingleBells Wed 21-Nov-12 17:35:56

Yes, they should. The only time I've noticed a garlic smell was after a ready meal curry when it came out of my skin the next day. That was truly gross, but I couldn't even taste the garlic in itconfused

No one has ever noticed my DCs or OH smelling garlicky, because they don't, even though I use it frequently.

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