It’s important to have your medicine cabinet at home well stocked to help you manage life’s little illnesses and injuries. Many over-the-counter medications and accessories are fairly inexpensive and can help you prepare for those unpleasant situations. Here are a few essentials.
1. Pain Relievers
Depending on your family and your personal habits, you should pick the pain reliever that is right for your lifestyle. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol®, is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer, while Ibuprofen, the active ingredient in Motrin® and Advil®, reduces swelling and is therefore more effective for arthritis. It is best to ask a physician which pain reliever best suits your needs.
2. Adhesive Bandages
A good collection of adhesive bandages in a variety of shapes and sizes will help you to treat small cuts, scrapes, blisters and scratches. It is important to keep some form of antiseptic or antibacterial ointment available to treat wounds before you bandage them. Alcohol wipes or Neosporin® are popular options.
3. Hydrocortisone Cream
For applications ranging from bug bites and poison ivy to allergies and rashes, hydrocortisone creams such as Cortisone10® or Cortaid® can be a lifesaver when you get an annoying itch. Scratching itchy spots can spread germs and increase the possibility of an infection, so itch-relieving creams are important.
Having a thermometer can help you spot mild colds and more serious ailments. In Fahrenheit, normal body temperature is about 98.6°. For high fevers, it is best to seek medical attention. But for low fevers or ailments, you can simply monitor those situations at home.
Aging adults or families with small children may have different needs than the average person. It’s best to consult with your health care provider to make the right decisions for your needs. Many of us tend to overlook the medicine cabinet until we need it. Instead, regularly examine your health-care supplies, discarding expired medication and refreshing depleted products so you can be ready for all of life’s small emergencies.