By Christine M. Porretta
Fact vs. Fiction
Should you swim with a full stomach? Let scrapes air out? Tinkle on a jellyfish sting? There once may have been some wisdom behind the advice (although probably not with the jellyfish sting), but many summer suggestions are outdated. With the lowdown from top experts, find out which warm-weather beliefs are based on real common sense-and which are complete nonsense. Photo credit: Getty Images
Myth: Put butter on a sunburn.
Truth: While butter's an accessible cool salve for a hot burn from cooking, you're better off saving your stick for your buns. "Butter is just moisturizer with no specific burn-healing properties," says Margaret E. Parsons, MD, an associate clinical professor in the dermatology department at the University of California, Davis. A better home cure? "Cool ice-milk compresses (crushed ice and milk on towels) are soothing," she says. "The coolness is anti-inflammatory, and the milk is mild and not acidic, so it won'tRead More »from 9 Summer Health Myths - Debunked