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10 Overhyped Health Products

First Posted: 03/ 2/2012 8:05 am   Updated: 03/ 7/2012 10:35 am

By Leslie Quander Wooldridge for U.S. News Health

You see these items on store shelves and on TV, but don't buy into the hype. These 10 over-the-counter products aren't always worth your money -- and some can cause health problems instead of treating them.

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Even if you look like you have the world's worst hangover, avoid using these drops on a regular basis. They can mask an underlying problem, like dry eye, allergies or contact lens irritation, and trigger persistent redness because your eyes can get used to them, says Mark Melrose, an emergency physician and owner of Urgent Care Manhattan.

What to use instead: "The first thing you should do is find out why you have the red eyes and treat the [underlying] reason," Melrose says. Your doctor can help pinpoint the problem. (Dry eyes can benefit from saline eye drops, for instance.)

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