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Vinegar Eases the Pain of Jellyfish Stings

A reader shares his experience with vinegar for painful box jellyfish stings. Scientists say vinegar can help, but "Sting No More" works better.

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How to Remove Splinters with Duct Tape

Have you ever used duct tape or white glue to remove splinters? These home remedies can work surprisingly well, as can wart plasters.

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Soy Sauce Helps Ease the Pain of a Burn

Numerous readers have found that soy sauce helps relieve the pain of a burn, after cold water has cooled the injured skin.

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How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bites FAST!

How do you prevent mosquito bites? Deet, picaridin, vitamin B1, Listerine? If your tricks fail, how do you stop the itch of mosquito bites? How about HEAT?

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To Stop a Nosebleed, the Key Is Cold on the Neck

Home remedies that apply cold on the neck in the form of keys, a cold butter knife or a pack of frozen peas, can help staunch a nosebleed.

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Will Soy Sauce Ease Your Burn Pain?

For a minor kitchen burn, ease your burn pain with cold tap water. Then apply regular, not low-sodium, soy sauce for longer-lasting pain relief.

Hot tub treatment for PAD
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Will Soaking in a Hot Tub Ease Your PAD Pain?

People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) may find it painful to walk, although exercise is the go-to treatment. Soaking in a hot tub works as well.

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Dermatologists Are Unhappy with Pediatrician’s Lice Remedy

One mother was pleased with her pediatrician's lice remedy: slather the hair in mayonnaise and then comb out the nits. Dermatologists say it doesn't work.

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Doctor Wants Alternative Treatment for Sore Knees

Sore knees make it hard to exercise. Heck, they make it hard to get around, period! What can you do if surgery or stem cell injections don't work?

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How Can You Find Natural Cough Medicine That Works?

A search for a natural cough medicine from Germany turned up several herbs that can be helpful. Have you tried elderberry, thyme or Andrographis?

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Do You Know About Soy Sauce for a Blister?

One reader tried soaking a blister in soy sauce. The condiment helped heal the hurt skin quickly!

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Why Sterile Water Is Best to Flush Sinuses

You can use a saline solution made with salt and sterile water to wash out your nasal passages and clear your sinuses during allergy season.

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Cranberry Compounds Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

Both in test tubes and in insect models, cranberry compounds keep infectious bacteria from developing resistance to common antibiotics.

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Can Licorice Lead to a Hypertensive Emergency?

A patient who came to the emergency department in a hypertensive emergency with blood pressure of 196/66 had been drinking licorice tea for a few weeks.

cure your athlete's foot
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Cure Your Athlete’s Foot with Time-Honored Remedies

If nonprescription drugstore remedies don't cure your athlete's foot, do not despair. Some simple home remedies may be able to clear this fungal infection.

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Is it Safe to Get Vitamin D From the Sun?

Sunscreens are under a bit of a cloud. They prevent vitamin D formation. Pills may not be all that effective. Can you get vitamin D from the Sun? How much?

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Milk of Magnesia for Odd Underarm Odor

Applying milk of magnesia to the armpits helped a reader get rid of an annoying and odd underarm odor.

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Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pain

Have you ever heard of bee sting therapy (aka apitherapy)? We didn't think so. Modern medicine has pretty much ignored this approach. Readers say it works.

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Will Acupuncture Calm Your Restless Legs?

One reader reports significant relief from Willis-Ekbom disease through acupuncture. Will a few well-placed needles calm your restless legs?

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Acupuncture Relieves Symptoms of Menopausal Women

Menopausal women suffering with hot flashes and night sweats may want to request acupuncture. Those who did had fewer hot flushes.