10 Common Home Remedies That Can Put You in Danger



9 Home Remedies You Should Never Try

<p>There's no denying the secret curing powers found in certain everyday items. Salt water, for instance, can take the sting out of a sore throat. And an oatmeal bath can ease eczema. So how about soothing a burn with butter? Not so fast. That and other common <a href="http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/conditions-diseases/home-remedies" target="_self">home remedies</a> aren't just ineffectual; they can actually exacerbate the issue. So before you go DIY on treating bad breath, colds or cuts, check out these nine tactics to avoid.</p>
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There's no denying the secret curing powers found in certain everyday items. Salt water, for instance, can take the sting out of a sore throat. And an oatmeal bath can ease eczema. So how about soothing a burn with butter? Not so fast. That and other common home remedies aren't just ineffectual; they can actually exacerbate the issue. So before you go DIY on treating bad breath, colds or cuts, check out these nine tactics to avoid.
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Butter for Burns
Sure, putting a cold piece of butter onto a burn sounds promising, but according to Derek van Amerongen, MD, medical director of HumanaVitality, a health and wellness company, this method practically asks for an infection. "Butter can seal bacteria in the tissue," he explains. The kitchen staple also creates an environment for bacteria growth, irritating skin even more. If you don't want to rely on antibiotic creams and over-the-counter meds to soothe the injury, an aloe vera plant can provide relief.
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Mayonnaise for Lice
While slathering on the white stuff can smother some live lice, it can't kill eggs, says Laurie Steelsmith, MD, medical director of Steelsmith Natural Health Center in Honolulu and co-author ofNatural Choices for Women's Health. Plus, the condiment turns rancid fairly quickly—and is guaranteed to make a big mess. A more effective (and pleasant) DIY treatment: oil and vinegar. "Apply ample amounts of olive oil to the scalp, leave on for three hours, wash out and then apply straight, white-distilled vinegar, which can break down egg casings and remove them from the hair shaft," says Dr. Steelsmith. Repeat the process for two to three days to kick those creepy-crawlies to the curb.
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Coffee for Hangovers
The best part of waking up doesn't do much for your liver, which has been overwhelmed with alcohol. Worse, a cup o' joe can further dehydrate you and irritate your stomach, warns Dr. Steelsmith. "You want to help your body clear toxins, and drinking enough water is much better at supporting your recovery," she points out. Pairing H2O with B-complex vitamin supplements, which aid in cell function, and some easy-to-digest food, like crackers and toast, will bring your body back in balance. Before you drink next time, Dr. Steelsmith suggests taking a milk thistle supplement—and another before you go to bed. Although the herb isn't proven to zap hangovers, it does protect the liver from booze's toxic effects.
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Toothpaste for Acne
Even if a zit rears its ugly (white)head the morning of your high school reunion, don't reach for your go-to teeth cleaner. Toothpaste can't clean up pimples, says Dr. van Amerongen. If anything, the flavoring can irritate skin, resulting in more redness. If you want to go the natural route, honey acts as an antimicrobial on skin. Dr. Steelsmith suggests applying it to the affected area twice a day, leaving it on for 15 to 20 minutes at a time before rinsing it off, to reduce acne that's already cropped up and prevent future breakouts.
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Orange Juice for Colds
A glass of 100% orange juice has a day's worth of cold-killing vitamin C, so why doesn't guzzling the citrus drink make you feel better fast? All that extra sugar weakens white blood cells' ability to ward off infection; glucose floods cells, making it difficult for your body to absorb vitamin C. If you feel a cold coming, skip the sweet drink and pop a vitamin C supplement instead, advises Dr. Steelsmith.
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Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Cuts
Yes, the clear liquid that's probably in your medicine cabinet is a cleaning agent. Still, using it on minor cuts is a risky move, since it not only kills bacteria but also healthy cells. And that impedes the healing process. The best and safest skin soother following an abrasion, says Dr. Steelsmith, is good ol' soap and water. Rinse the cut, itself, with water only and the surrounding area with soap too.
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Walking on an Ankle Injury
If you've ever slipped and fallen, chances are you've been told, "Just walk it off." Bad idea, says Dr. van Amerongen. A painful ankle injury requires medical attention. Putting pressure on it can make it hurt more, as well as slow down the healing process. For mild strains and sprains—ones that don't leave you yelping in agony—Dr. van Amerongen suggests the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation.
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Drying Out Cuts to Help Them Heal
Dr. Steelsmith compares this unwise practice to crossing a desert without water: The journey goes more smoothly when you're hydrated, not thirsty. Cells heal better that way, too. So keep a cut clean by using gentle hand wash and moisturizing the surrounding area. Bonus: Keeping it moisturized reduces itching and scarring.
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Using More Mouthwash to Nix Bad Breath
When your breath smells and nothing's helping, you'd think another swig of minty mouthwash is the quickest and simplest solution. You'd be mistaken. Most brands use alcohol as the main ingredient, which actually worsens breath's scent because it dries out your mouth, making it easier for odor-causing bacteria to grow. A better approach: Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and debris that may be stuck. Also, eat more foods packed with vitamin C. Bacteria have a tough time thriving when C's all around.
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