It’s time to give your medicine cabinet a Spring check-up. Make sure you have the tools to treat many minor illnesses and minor injuries such as headaches, coughs, minor cuts, fevers, itching, and allergic reactions. It’s nice to have everything you might need for a minor emergency to avoid having to rush to your local store in a hurry.
Be prepared with these medical supplies in your well-stocked medicine cabinet.
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen. For fever reduction and pain relief
- Aspirin. Keep aspirin on hand in case of emergencies. According to the American Heart Association, taking aspirin also helps during a heart attack.
- Bandages in a variety of sizes.
- Antibacterial ointment. For minor cuts and burns
- Allergy eye drops
- Benadryl. For allergic reactions
- Disinfectant and alcohol wipes, for minor cuts and scrapes
- Hydrocortisone cream, for insect bites and stings
- Hydrogen peroxide, for minor cuts and scrapes
- Epi Pen. It is good to keep an Epi Pen if someone in your home should have a severe allergic reaction to nuts, shellfish, insects or any other thing else. Your doctor can write a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector.
- Tweezers, for removing splinters, glass, ticks or any small foreign objects.
- Blood pressure cuff. If you are over 50 it is a good health practice for you to take your blood pressure on a regular basis. At any age become aware of the symptoms of high blood pressure such as feeling fatigue, headaches, dizziness, heartbeat irregularities or difficulty breathing you need to take your blood pressure.