Your Medicine Cabinet: 5 Products Everyone Needs
Have you ever suffered a throbbing headache that’s so bad it’s preventing you from doing your work? Many of us have been there, and what makes it even worse is when there’s no way to stop it. We can’t take a nap because we need to finish our work, and we can’t take medicine because… well, the medicine cabinet is empty. The stores might be closed because it’s late, or perhaps you simply can’t muster up the courage to go to the store while your head is pounding.
Similarly, it’s also a pain to run out of bandages when you’ve cut yourself. You’ll have to make do with cleaning a cut with some alcohol (if you even have some on hand) and you’ll need to wrap your wound with a cloth or something similar to prevent it from getting infected. In a worst-case scenario, not having a bandage could lead to nasty infections that require a hospital visit to treat—and no one wants to be in that situation.
Instead of subjecting yourself to this torment, make sure your medicine cabinet is always stocked with these five essential items. Ensure you never run out, keep fresh supplies, and you’ll be surprised at how much more comfortable your life can be with a well-stocked batch of medicine.
Pain relief is perhaps the most common form of medication taken by people around the world. It’s cheap, it’s universal, and it gives us peace of mind and helps us get on with our work. There are many different types of painkillers. There’s aspirin, paracetamol and also ibuprofen.
They’re all very effective at dealing with minor pains, and some of them can even help with relieving symptoms of common conditions such as a cold or flu. It’s worth keeping in mind that each one is targeted at different ages and people, despite all giving you the same benefit.
Aspirin, for instance, shouldn’t be given to children due to how potent it is. Ibuprofen, on the other hand, can be taken by children but you should avoid giving it to children who suffer from asthma. It also shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women.
Wound Cleaning Kit
Cleaning wounds is important especially if you have children around that love to explore your garden or play outside. A wound cleaning kit typically consists of some cotton swabs, gauze sponges, medical tape, a disinfectant (such as alcohol wipes) and bandages.
Before attempting to clean a wound, make sure you understand how to so you don’t end up infecting the wound or making it worse due to your mistakes. Give it some time to learn and ensure you do the process correctly and never skip any steps.
Cold and Flu Medication
Cold and flu symptoms are among the most common in any household, which is why it’s important to keep a stock of the best cough medicine and the best cold medicine that you can find. In some cases, you may want to get cold and flu medication that also has pain relieving properties. Never try to mix medication together if they have conflicting ingredients. Pay close attention to labels and when in doubt, ask a doctor about the medication you’re taking. Simply cough syrups and cold medication usually work wonders, but if your symptoms get worse or frequent, then consider visiting your family doctor.
Be it stomach cramps or diarrhea, everyone suffers from stomach pains now and then. It can be debilitating due to the location of the pain, and it’s not uncommon for it to prevent us getting to work or falling asleep. If you think you’ve eaten something bad, then the best bet is to drink plenty of water and take the right stomach medicine.
You should also get something to rehydrate your body after each bowel movement. If you have children, then you may want to purchase stomach medicine targeted towards younger ages as well or look for natural remedies that don’t involve medicine.
Depending on where you live, you might have regular exposure to the sun and the last thing you want is to get burned and increase your risk of developing a skin condition. While the sun’s embrace can be warming and comfortable, it can also get really painful if you’re exposed to it for a long time.
Try to avoid exposing yourself to the sun without having ample protection from sunscreen. Some formulas are targeted towards children so it’s a good idea to have several bottles. You should also teach your kids to apply some to their skin before heading outside to play.
What’s in your medicine cabinet?