There are millions of home remedies on the internet. While there are an array of home remedies that can heal your condition such as water and cranberry juice to combat a urinary tract infection or consuming hot tea for a sore throat, there are also several home remedies that can land you in the emergency room. Here are three home remedies that you should NEVER attempt at home.
Ear Candling: According to Dr. Jennifer Smullen, instructor of otology and laryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, ear candling is used when an individual is suffering from a buildup of wax that causes itching and impairs one's hearing.
Ear candling can make you lose your hearing and cause severe burns in the ear canal and eardrum.
If you have excess wax you cannot rid with tissue, schedule an appointment with your physician who can decide whether or not you need to see an ear specialist.
Whiskey to Alleviate Teething Pain in a Baby: Researchers from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine found that whiskey does not contain any numbing effects on an infant's teeth as they are sprouting up. Instead, parents should freeze and apply a teething ring that will numb and soothe the infant's pain. If the pain continues take your child to the dentist.
Colon Cleansing: The colon is responsible for effectively removing food and bodily waste. With the growing concern for toxins, many individuals are cleaning their colon at home. According to Dr. Robert Siegel of the American College of Gastroenterology, colon's function is to let fecal material pass out of the body naturally.
Cleaning your colon at home can disturb the body's electrolyte balance, which can cause dehydration and salt depletion.
Siegel suggests increasing your fiber intake by consuming more fruits and vegetables, and daily supplements. Before purchasing any supplement, speak with your health care provider.