Warts and Duct Tape
Did the headlines about warts and duct tape flash by you a little too quickly? Here’s the scoop:
If you’ve got warts and you’ve got duct tape, there’s a good chance you may be able to make the warts disappear. It’s not a quick fix though. In a recent study of 26 patients who used duct tape compared with 25 who received the more traditional freezing treatment for wart removal, 85 percent of the duct tape users got rid of their warts, compared with 60 percent of those who used the freezing method.
- First, duct tape is worn over the wart for six days.
- Then the tape is removed and the wart is soaked in water.
- An emery board or pumice stone is then used to scrape the area.
This process is repeated for a maximum of two months, or until the wart disappears.
Source: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, October 2002.
Safe Toys and Gifts
Looking for safe, age-appropriate gift ideas for the children in your life? Here are some basic guidelines:
Under age 1: activity quilts; stuffed animals without button eyes or nose; bath toys; soft dolls; cloth books
Ages 1 to 3: books; blocks; balls, push-and-pull toys; pounding toys
Ages 3 to 5: non-toxic art supplies; musical instruments; outdoor toys—baseball tee, slide swing
Source: National Safe Kids Campaign, October 2002.
Alcohol .08/How Much can People Drink
Don’t forget the importance of staying away from alcohol at holiday gatherings if you’ll be getting behind the wheel later on. As more and more states pass the .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) law, drivers who drink are even more vulnerable to receiving drunk driving citations.
Individual BACs can vary from person to person, but here’s a general guideline:
- An average 170-pound man would reach a .08 BAC after consuming four drinks in one hour on an empty stomach.
- For a 137-pound woman, it would take only three drinks per hour on an empty stomach
Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, October 2002.
Having a designated driver is one good solution to the over-indulgence problem. Nobody’s saying that drinking too much is a great idea, but nobody can deny that people will still do it, especially at holiday time.
If you know you’re going to drink a little more than you should, or even if you just suspect it, find a friend who will agree to be the designated driver. Designated drivers don’t drink at all, which makes everything nice and simple. You and anybody else in the group can relax and have a few drinks without worrying whether you’ll be fit to drive later. The designated driver doesn’t have to go through the inner dialogue that goes something like this: “Well, maybe if I have something to eat, it won’t matter that I’m having my fourth drink…” The designated driver doesn’t drink, period.
You can show your appreciation to the designated driver by buying dinner or treating in some other way. Or you can volunteer to be the designated driver the next time.
Source: The National Institute of Mental Health, October 2002.
Whatever your reason is for wanting a tan—you’re going on a cruise and want to get a little color before you leave, you have the winter blahs and you think a tan will perk you up, you’re a teenager and all your friends have tans—getting a tan from a tanning salon is never a good idea.
Dermatologists say it over and over again: there’s no such thing as a safe tan. Ultraviolet light, whether it’s from the sun or from a salon, causes damage that results in the skin mutations found in skin cancer.
Salon owners and staffers may tell you that their rays are safer than the sun’s rays, but don’t believe them. Every time your skin gets tan, you’re putting yourself at risk for skin cancer.
Sources: The American Academy of Dermatology, October 2002.