West Virginia Poison Center Advises against some home health remedies

Raleigh County

If you heard about any home health remedies, it is a good idea to double check the validity of these tips before testing your own health on them.

Paul Seamann of Jan-Care Ambulance told 59News why these home remedies can actually be very dangerous. 

“It seems that we’ve taken a giant step backwards” Seamann said. “A lot of these home remedies may have been in play 40 to 50 years ago, but modern medicine has proven to have much more gentle to the body remedies that help much more than a lot of these that hurt.”

While some home remedies recommend using bleach to heal poison ivy rashes, Seamann said that is extremely unsafe.

“You literally will damage your skin like a burn, particularly if you’re putting it on and leaving it or trying to have some kind of wrapping around it” Seamann said. “Bleach should really only be used for inanimate objects, bathroom floors or something like that. It should never be used on living tissue.”

Another home remedy suggests rubbing pesticides, kerosene, or gasoline on the scalp as a solution for lice, which is another hard ‘no’ from Seamann.

“To use something that caustic, gasoline itself, you know if it gets splashed on people (we see that in accidents), just really damages the skin” Seamann said. “It can take weeks for it to come back. Once you lose your skin, you lose your barrier to infection.”

According to health experts, using over-the-counter medication, prescriptions, and other items regulated by the FDA are usually the best for you health.

“At the hospitals, if you look, they’re going to use sterile water and sterile saline.” Seamann said. “That’s how they’re going to clean the wounds. They don’t use any of these other products that they would have because they know what’s best.”

If you suspect you or someone you know has been exposed to a hazardous substance, you should contact the West Virginia Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222

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