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Risky Home Treatments You Should Avoid

By Cedrick Barlow

Most of us in the modern world use prescription and over-the-counter medications to solve our ailments. This gets expensive quickly, of course. It wasn’t all that long ago that people used folk medicines and home remedies to get relief. Some folk remedies are still popular today, but others should definitely be left in the past because they are dangerous. Here are three home remedies you don’t ever want to use.

#1: Using Kerosene to Get Rid of Head Lice

You may have read accounts where parents used a small amount of kerosene to kill the lice in their child’s hair. This was an effective way to get rid of the pests. Unfortunately, it was also very very dangerous.

Kerosene is flammable. If you put it in the hair, and then a child goes near a candle or fireplace, you can have a very bad situation on your hands. It is also extremely toxic, and absorbs readily through the skin. Many children became ill or even died after receiving kerosene as a treatment for head lice.

#2: Treating Your Stomach Woes With “Greta” or “Azarcon”

Older people from Mexican or Mexican-American communities may recall treating “empacho” (general term for stomach and intestinal illness) with powders named “Greta” or “Azarcon.” These cures were very toxic — they were mostly powdered lead!

If you take lead internally, even a small amount can be harmful. Many people were hurt or even killed from this remedy. Believe it or not you can still sometimes find these powders for sale. Obviously, do not even purchase or use them.

#3: Using Butter on a Burn

When you smear butter on a fresh burn, you aren’t helping. It may seem like you are because it makes the pain lessen. But you are contaminating the burn site when you do this. Bacteria loves the butter and will grow quickly. You’re actually encouraging the burn to become infected with this home remedy.

We all know we are to respect and listen to our elders. If your elders recommend home remedies, however, you may want to take this with a grain of salt. Often modern medicine knows best.

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