The situation when an action is taken to make something better it turns out to more be actually more damaging than healing?
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"Throwing the baby out with the bathwater." While disposing of waste,(the dirty water) you inadvertently got rid of something valuable (the baby).
make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.
"Unintended consequences" - your action/intention had an unexpected, less desirable result
"Backfired" - your action/intention created a worse result
"Made matters worse" - your action/intention had a negative effect