Should you tilt your head back to stop a nosebleed? Can you soothe a burn with butter? Is rubbing a hard-boiled egg over a bruise a good home remedy? No, replies Dr Lim Chin Siah, Associate Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) to these first aid questions. Here are the facts, and the right solution, regarding some common first aid problems:
Myth 1: Soothe a burn with butter, toothpaste or ice
Fact: Applying butter or an oily substance to a burn can make it difficult for a doctor to treat the burn later. The butter will also increase the risk of infection. Toothpaste can also increase the risk of infection since it becomes unhygienic once the cap is removed from the tube. Ice may cause a sudden drop in temperature and shock the victim. It can also damage the skin tissue.
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