If you've got a scrape or a burn, everyone's got a remedy they swear by. But before you take their well-meaning advice, here are a few first aid facts from Prevention magazine:
- First: True or false: You can get rid of warts with duct tape? That one's TRUE! In a Cincinnati Children's hospital study, the duct tape actually worked even BETTER than freezing the wart! Here's what to do: Put duct tape on your wart for six days, remove it for one night, and then soak it in warm water and rub it with an emery board. Repeat the process until the wart is gone. That's what the patients at the hospital did and it worked beautifully.
- Next: True or false: Rubbing honey on a mild burn helps it heal? That's also true, and research confirms it. The antibacterial enzymes in honey disinfect burns so they heal faster.
- Another first-aid question: True or false: If you've got a tick, covering it with petroleum jelly makes it easier to remove? That's FALSE! To cut down on the chance of getting Lyme disease or any other illness caused by ticks, remove the critter quickly with blunt tweezers. Grab close to the skin and pull up.
- And here's one more: True or false: The best way to treat a cut is to clean it with hydrogen peroxide and keep it dry? That's also FALSE! Hydrogen peroxide kills healthy cells. Instead, clean a cut with mild soap and water and cover with a bandage. Moist wounds heal faster than dry ones. There now you know the facts from fiction when it comes to first-aid.