‘Buddy tape’ fingers when you have a paper cut
Yasu + Junko for Reader's Digest
Paper cuts heal more quickly and with less infection risk (germy hands!) if you keep them covered. “But webbing between fingers is a tough spot because of all the stretching and movement,” says Matthew Fink, MD, a professor of clinical neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Solution: Buddy tape fingers together using paper or cloth first aid tape (snug but not too tightly) for a couple of days until the cut heals. (Avoid these first aid mistakes, which are more dangerous than you think).
Drink low-fat or whole milk when you burn your tongue
Melted cheese from piping-hot pizza or nachos can stick to your tongue and the roof of your mouth, causing burns and blisters. Drink cold milk to soothe the pain, suggests Kim Harms, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. The fats in the milk coat the burned area and create a soothing barrier that provides relief cold water cannot.