West Virginia Poison Center advises against some home health remedies


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Beckley, WV (WVNS): If you heard about home health remedies, it is a good idea to check the validity of these tips before evaluating your own health.

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

"It seems we have taken a giant step back," said Seamann. "It is possible that many of these home remedies have been in play for 40 or 50 years, but modern medicine has shown to be much more careful with body remedies that help much more than many of those that harm."

While some home remedies recommend using chlorine to cure poisonous ivy eruptions, Seamann said that is extremely unsafe.

"It will literally damage your skin like a burn, especially if you put it on and leave it or try to have some kind of wrap around it," said Seamann. "Bleach should only be used for inanimate objects, bathroom floors or something, it should never be used on living tissues."

Another home remedy suggests rubbing pesticides, kerosene or gasoline on the scalp as a solution for lice, which is another "not" difficult of Seamann.

"To use something that is caustic, gasoline itself, you know if it splashes people (we see that in accidents), it really damages the skin," said Seamann. "It can take weeks for it to come back in. Once you lose your skin, you lose your barrier against infection."

According to health experts, the use of over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs and other items regulated by the FDA is usually the best for your health.

"In hospitals, if you look, they will use sterile water and sterile saline." Said Seamann. "This is how they are going to clean the wounds, they do not use any of these other products they would have because they know what's best."

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

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