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Experts’ 10 Best Home Remedies—Using Stuff Around Your House

The best home remedies from doctors and other experts that use stuff you already have lying around the house.

Editor’s note: A version of this article was published in My Family Doctor magazine.*

When you’re in a pinch, try these top, expert-suggested remedies—using things you already have around the house!

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How to Keep Winter Skin Seasoned Like a Cast-Iron Skillet

How to Keep Winter Skin Seasoned Like a Cast-Iron Skillet | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Winter can do a number on your skin. Add the cold to the dry air, mix in a little wind, and it can be downright dangerous—potentially life-threatening if you tend to ignore it and don’t properly treat the damage.

How many of us have gone out to play on a cold winter’s day, only to go to bed that night with a red, raw, painful face?

It can be from sunburn or windburn, but usually it’s both. Cracks in the dry skin—even blisters—can occur. If the skin gets infected, that can be dangerous. If you can’t get to a medical facility, it could be even deadly. But there are simple things you can do to prevent this damage. Basically, just keep your skin well-seasoned, like a cast-iron skillet.

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Eczema and Dry Skin: 5 Simple Tips and 1 Soothing Supplement

Eczema and Dry Skin: 5 Tips and 1 Supplement | The Survival Doctor

Atopic eczema (also called atopic dermatitis or just eczema).

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Whether called eczema, atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, or it’s just dry, itchy skin, it’s all going to be treated about the same when you can’t get medical help. And it does need to be treated. Because the problem can go beyond a mere nuisance if, in a typically unhygienic disaster, the wrong type of bacteria ever gets in one of those cracks or scratches and causes a bad skin infection.

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