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First Aid Myths: Ignore These Summer 'Cures'

Experts share first aid tips while debunking some common home remedies.

Myth: A Cold Steak Can Bring Down a Shiner

Do you want grease and foreign proteins in your injured eye? If so, go along with Grandma and the cold steak. "A bag of frozen vegetables is better," O'Brien says. Any cold compress will bring down a smacked eye, but you will still end up with bruising.

If you are poked in the eye or get grit in the eye, do not rub. Don't even try to remove a contact, if you have one. If getting to the emergency room will take a while, a loose bandage to keep the eye shut may help the pain.

If you get chemicals in your eye, flush with fresh water for 15 minutes. Even what seems to be a minor eye injury can turn serious and may require a trip to the emergency room or doctor.


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