Doctor-Tested Medicine Cabinet Essentials
APRIL 23, 2013 hey have all that training backing up their quick home cures. So Prevention asked 14 health professionals what home remedies they use for themselves and their families. Now you can relieve, recover, and restore just like the experts with these quick home cures.
Itchy rashes can be caused by plant oils, perfumes, or prickly heat, to name just a few triggers, says Andy Spooner, MD, director of general pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. "My number one rule: Take an over-the-counter antihistamine." He buys Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelts; kids like the way they dissolve on the tongue (no swallowing required), and they're effective in adults, too. Check the label for dosage.
To soothe skin instantly, spritz yourself with European mineral water--San Pellegrino, for example--says Christopher Dannaker, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. Studies show that mineral-rich spring water relieves pain from burns and rashes; it's also used to treat itching and redness following laser skin resurfacing. "Mist it onto irritated skin and its trace minerals will work as anti-inflammatories," he says.
For persistent acne, gently scrub your face with coarse salt (an antiseptic) and a few drops of neem oil (an antifungal oil available at health food stores), says Hema Sundaram, MD, author of Face Value: The Truth about Beauty--and a Guilt-Free Guide to Finding It. Rinse, then apply a mask of plain yogurt for 15 to 30 minutes. "The lactic acid in yogurt is a natural exfoliant that gives skin a glow, clears acne, and fades discolorations and fine lines," she explains.Read more: Yahoo News