Most of us at some point have taken a pill without water, either because we were in a rush, too lazy to get up from our desk, or there wasn't a drink nearby. But here's why it's actually quite dangerous. Add this to the list of everyday health mistakes you might be making.

Washing a pill down with water is important not only because it makes swallowing easier, but because it helps prevent the pill from getting stuck in your esophagus, which can cause much more than discomfort. "Medications that are lodged in the esophagus are very likely to cause inflammation and irritation," says Jennifer Caudle, DO, a board-certified family medicine physician and assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine. "This can cause a number of symptoms from heartburn and chest pain to esophagitis, or even bleeding and holes." Here are some other mistakes doctors wish we'd all stop making.

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