Embarrassing Medical Myths Debunked

From dieting to anti-aging, myths are prevalent in many decisions we make concerning our health. But how many of the health facts that we steadfastly believe in are actually false? Even Dr. Oz has had to come clean about some of the myths he once believed.

Read more to find out which medical myths have been fooling you!


Frogs Give You Warts

Next to acne, warts are the most common skin condition. In fact 3 out of 4 adults will grow a wart at some point in their lifetime. That being said, do frogs really cause warts? This old wives tale is definitely false. Warts, caused by a virus, are actually a benign skin growth on top of skin and mucus membranes. When you have an open cut, the virus can go deep into tissue causing a dome-shaped bump to appear most commonly on your fingers or hands, but warts can also show up on your feet or your face. \r\n

\r\nThere are many over-the-counter products you can buy to treat warts, but Dr. Oz’s favorite method is duct tape: Cover your wart with duct tape for 6 days; the tape will “suffocate” it. After six days remove the tape and soak in water. Use a pumice stone to remove the rough skin and cover back up. Repeat this process until the wart has disappeared. It can take as little as 4 weeks.

5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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