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Would butter on burns help or harm?

Short anwser: Never put butter, oil, etc, on a burn. This would worsen the burn. Putting butter, oil, or anything else would trap heat and make the burn deeper. It would also make further treatment ...
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Has there been any medical studies as to whether drinking a 'Hot Toddy' can help to ward off or to help heal someone who has COVID-19?

To my knowledge no, nobody has specifically studied this in relation to COVID-19. I can't really prove the negative but I tried a few combinations of search terms in to PubMed and came up with nothing....
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What type of food (herb, root) helps with sleep?

As an insomniac, I've looked into this myself, and found the following to be natural sleep-inducing foods (in no particular order): Cherries -- The tarter, the better. They have melatonin!! And they ...
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Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide washes effective home remedies for yeast infections? Safe?

One systematic review (1) conducted in 2003 examined the efficacy of several complementary and alternative therapies (including douching with sodium bicarbonate) for yeast vaginitis and bacterial ...
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Getting rid of white spots on front teeth

Currently, there are three options to deal with white spots in frontal teeth after orthodontic treatment: remineralization, micro-abrasion, and resin infiltration. There are several case report ...
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Is there a reliable website about cosmetic science?

I would trust the professional organizations' websites and journals: American Academy of Dermatology http://www.AAD.org American Osteopathic College of Dermatology http://www.aocd.org/ American ...
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Can you cure an allergy by repeatedly consuming the allergen?

This is an old technique called desensitization, or, if you want to be fancy, allergen immunotherapy. Among other techniques, is this one Allergy injections start with a very low dose. A small needle ...
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Onion juice and hair regrowth

Every single website that suggests onion juice is good for hair regrowth doesn't have credible sources. I went through a lot and all of them are full of mumbo jumbo and charlatans. However, this ...
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Does echinacea help prevent or treat a viral infection?

Some species are used to treat and prevent common cold, flu, and other infections. One study from 2002 didn't find any significant differences between the echinacea and placebo groups for any ...
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Ginger or garlic and common cold?

I haven't been able to find anything useful about ginger, but I've found some publications about garlic and - to make long story short - there is lack of good quality evidence for its effectiveness. ...
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How to get rid of fungus from toe nail damage?

Your best and most efficient method in "curing" this situation is to seek professional attention from a podiatrist or dermatologist (webmd.com). Particularly if you are still experiencing some pain ...
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Does drinking hot liquids help when you're sick?

Hot fluids(including water) can: Relieve Nasal Congestion Prevent Dehydration Soothe Uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line the nose and throat By relieving symptoms you can make a person feel ...
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Is putting lime juice up your nose on a queue-tip safe/effective to relieve sinus pressure?

In general, any medical procedure that is not prescribed and performed by a health care professional has to be regarded as unsafe. Basically, in medicine everything is assumed to be unsafe until it is ...
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Best way to heavy metal detox

Unless you live on an area known for having deposits of heavy metals, or you suspect that you have been exposed (in which case you should go see a doctor), your kidneys should be able to take care of ...
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Ginger or garlic and common cold?

There seems to be lack of evidence about beneficial effects of ginger on common cold. According to WebMD (info from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database), there is insufficient evidence about the ...
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Grapefruit-seed extract for disinfection?

In summary, there is no reliable evidence to say that grapefruit-seed extract has any disinfection efficacy. It was found out that some commercial products have been adulterated with artificial ...
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Piece of leftover toenail on big toe, too small to remove

This is how I do it: I pull the skin on the left side of the big toe down with my fingers - this exposes the leftover part of the nail. I pull up the front bit of the leftover part of the nail with ...
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How to scratch an itchy throat

Typically itchy throats are associated with post nasal drip, dry air, allergies, or some other irritant. If it's allergen related, an antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, etc) can be helpful. ...
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How to deal with overhydration?

Treatment is usually fluid restriction, treating underlying problem and diuretics or other medication for fluid and electrolyte imbalance, so you could do a fluid restriction at home. However, the ...
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How to get rid of from intertrigo by using home remedies?

Intertrigo: For prevention and stopping furthering of symptoms Shower and dry off thoroughly each day. Keep your skin as dry and cool as you can. Avoid wearing tight shoes or clothing. Wear a ...
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