9. Lifting up an unconscious person
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Why it’s wrong: If someone faints, don’t try lifting them or sprinkling cold water on them — it’ll just aggravate the spasm. After they regain consciousness, don’t let them drink coffee or energy drinks: caffeine will lead to dehydration.
Doing it right: Lift the person’s legs up, unbutton any tight items of clothing, and don’t let them stand right after they come around.
8. Using butter or sour cream to treat burns
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Why it’s wrong: The only reason you’ll feel better after this is because the substance is cold on the burn. The danger here, though, is that butter or sour cream dries and creates a film, disrupting thermal exchange (heat goes deeper and does more damage).
Doing it right: Hold the burned area in cool water for 15 minutes. Never burst the burn blister as that will remove the protective layer and leave the wound open for infections that may lead to festering.