Skin Remedies

Now that we’ve covered health warning signs from the inside of your body, it’s time to address skin remedies you can use to take care of the outside of your body. Dr. Oz is joined by Dr. Doris Day, dermatologist, to discuss common skin issues and what you can do about them.

Skin Remedies: Eczema

Eczema is excessively dry skin. In addition to the dry skin, those with eczema also experience red skin and rashes. To help get rid of the itchy dry skin, mix a half cup of baking soda into a warm bath. Allow your body to soak for a half hour. The baking soda will help soothe your skin.

Skin Remedies: Fever

To help break a fever, drink fluids high in vitamin C. Stick to old classics like orange and cranberry juice, as this will help keep you keep your system regulated and help prevent dehydration.

Skin Remedies: Skin Tags

Skin tags, generally benign, are growths on the skin, most often genetic. They are most likely to occur in places such as the groin and the neck. They can often become irritated by clothing and jewelry. Audience member Nicole says she has them on the back of her neck, and feeling or touching them drives her crazy. Dr. Day says a skin tag can be as small as a sunflower, or as large as a fig. You can tell a skin tag has been on the body for a while if there is hair growing out of it. When hair is growing out of it, though, it is a sign the tag is benign.

Dr. Day suggested not to remove the skin tag on your own, but rather to visit your doctor to have it removed. The doctor will be able to numb the area and use a pair of scissors to remove it. The base of the skin is hten burned to keep the skin tag from scarring or returning. Nicole’s skin tag was removed on stage, and she maintained she didn’t feel it.

Skin Remedies: Hives

Hives, raised red patches on the skin, occur when the body releases histamine. This happens for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is because of allergies. When the body is exposed to allergens, the immune system gets an alert and releases histamine. When you get hives, your body is just hypersensitive and reacting accordingly to a cold, virus, or another irritant. The most common treatment is antihistamines, such as: Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, and Allegra. Cortizone creams applied to the skin may help stop the itching, but they won’t treat the hives.

Skin Remedies: Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused by high friction from closed toe shoes, dancing, running, etc. as well as by genetics. They can also be caused by the way you cut your toenails. Regardless, they are painful and highly uncomfortable.

Dr. Oz suggests making sure your toe nails are properly cut. You should cut them straight across to prevent edges that can grow in the skin. If you already have an ingrown toenail, you should soak your feet in epsom salt. You can also use a tactic known as band-aid therapy,  Wear the band-aid backward, to pull the nail away from the nail bed and make it tight to make sure the nail is growing over the skin. This helps your nail to grow over the skin, instead of into it.

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