As enjoyable as the easy, breezy days of summer are, they also come with a few less-than-welcome seasonal conditions, such as poison ivy, swimmer's ear and heat rash. Chances are you've heard a few homespun theories about how to treat these warm-weather maladies, like applying toothpaste to calm a bee sting or slathering burned skin with aloe. But do these treatments really work? We spoke to the medical experts to find out which solutions are worth trying, and which are best left behind.
1. Aloe to soothe sunburn: Try it!
While the best defense against a painful sunburn is to stay in the shade (especially during the sun's peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and slather on sunscreen, sometimes you just can't avoid getting one. So does aloe, and products that contain aloe, really provide relief? "When squeezed, aloe leaves release a colorless gel that contains 99.5% water and a mixture of chemicals, including choline salicylate, which is a relative of