Next time you have a minor medical issues crop us- or you just want a health boost-look no further than your kitchen cabinet.
When minor medical issues crop up (nosebleeds, insect stings, dandruff!), chances are your medicine cabinet already contains some effective-and surprising-fixes for what ails you. Here are 6 common household items that all do double duty, saving you a trip to the pharmacy-and cash in the process!
1. Soothe an insect bite with an antacid tablet
"Antacid formulations such as Alka-Seltzer contain aspirin, an anesthetic that can help ease the sting and itch of insect bites," says Howard Sobel, MD, a clinical attending physician in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
He recommends making a paste with a crushed Antacid tablet, a pinch of oatmeal (also a skin soother), and water and applying it to the skin. Results are immediate-and this DIY formula has a healing bonus that other anti-itch salves lack.Read More »from Can chocolate save your skin?