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Why You Shouldn't Use Agua Oxigenada To Clean Wounds (And 4 Other Household Health Practices That Are Actually Wrong)

Forget those things you learned from Mang Kepweng's School of Home Remedies!
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Sep 15, 2015
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So you got a small cut on your toe. Now what? Should you call an ambulance and have yourself wheeled into the nearest emergency room? No. Not just yet. Malayo sa bituka, you assure yourself. And besides, you've encountered injuries of this kind in the past.

So you rummage through your cabinet and find some pretty useful stuff: Rubbing alcohol—and then you find out that the bottle is actually empty.

Quick, proceed with plan B: agua oxigenada. It's known for being a disinfectant and is pain-free, too—your lola and her manikurista can attest to this. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Not quite.

As appealing as the notion of having home remedies might be, certain household cures and treatments some quack doctor or "knowledgeable" aunt told you about can actually be dangerous and make the issue you're trying to resolve worse.

We're talking about...


1)   CLEANING OPEN WOUNDS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE A.K.A. AGUA OXIGENADA

It may be pain-free, but it's not safe. According to Medicaldaily.com, when your skin absorbs hydrogen peroxide, the amount of fibroblasts—the cells in charge of cleaning and repairing damaged tissues—is reduced.

Do the right thing: Wash a soft, clean cloth with soap and water, and gently massage it on the affected area. You could also apply rubbing alcohol.

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2)   EATING CITRUS FRUITS TO WHITEN TEETH

Acids might help to temporarily whiten your stained teeth, but too much of them can wear away your pearly whites' protective enamel, thereby causing pangingilo. Haven't we told you this before?

Do the right thing: It's okay to snack on citrus fruits for your dose of Vitamin C. But for that profile picture-perfect smile, nothing beats a visit to the dentist (and skipping yosi).

3)   PULLING WARTS OFF

Removing warts with clippers or a pair of scissors is risky business. Warts are rich in blood vessels, which makes them prone to excessive bleeding.

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Do the right thing: If you really want to get rid of those unwanted skin growths, switch to a healthy, balanced diet and totally call it quits with smoking, boozing, and munching on junk foods late at night.

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4)   SPREADING MAYO ON HAIR TO GET RID OF LICE

Remember those days when mom spread mayonnaise on your sister's scalp to get rid of lice? She wasn't messing with the lice, she was messing with your sister. The creamy condiment may do wonders for your double-decker burger, but it's just not meant for annihilating lice and their eggs.

Do the right thing: Ask your sister to get a real lice treatment from a doctor or buy lice-removing remedies from the pharmacy.

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5)   EAR CANDLING FOR WAX REMOVAL

Ear candling—a procedure that involves placing a lit, hollow, cone-shaped candle into the ear canal—is actually dangerous. What this seemingly nifty trick actually does is push earwax deeper into the ear canal.

Do the right thing: If you have earache, an EENT (eyes, ears, nose, tongue) doctor will do more than just listen to your concerns.

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