Having a drawer or a cabinet at your house full of basic medical supplies, even though you might not be sick, is crucial. A headache can hit you at an inconvenient moment, or you might get badly injured and you will need a first aid kit. If you are planning to stock your medical cabinet with some basic preventive-measure supplies, we are here to help you make a list of all the necessary medications and medical equipment you need to have in your home.
1. Modern Migraine
This modern way of living has had some negative effects on us. We sit in front of our TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones more than our head can withstand, so most of us suffer annoying headaches from time to time. Because of that, aspirin is a must-have painkiller to have in your medicine cabinet, and it can also be a preventive measure against the high temperature. However, do not take it as lightly, because as with every other medicine, there are negative side-effects. It can interfere with blood clotting and can irritate your stomach. So if you have regular headaches, better turn to your doctor than pop the pill whenever you are in need of one.
2. Cough Crisis
Whether you are back from a concert where you sang all night long, or a cold is slowly taking its toll, taking a cough medicine for a sore throat preventively is always a smart choice. We have all experienced at least once in our lives two types of coughs: a dry one, that is best cured with Robitussin and Pertussin, and the cough that produces mucus that is best stopped with syrups that contain guaifensin that helps you reduce the amount of secretion.
3. Therapy Ready
There are those who need constant home care managed by a professional, or nonprofessionals like family members. In any case, you need to own an appropriate physio equipment such as respiratory assist devices, home infusion therapy, walkers, seat lifts or some other, depending on the type of disease the patient in question has. For this type of equipment you will need doctor’s or physician’s prescription, and once you get it, make sure that you obtain all the supplies that you need.
4. Allergy Alert
Many people tend to suffer sore throat, runny nose and itchiness from time to time, not because they are about to go down with something, but because their allergies are starting to kick in. To get rid of all the symptoms, always have a Benadryl or a Claritin in your stock. And to soothe your irritated eyes, drops that contain an antihistamine and a decongestant need to have their place on your shelf.
5. Common Cuts and Bad Burns
Working around the house, even the most common housework might end up badly, so you absolutely must have a medicine bag with bandages and gauze pads in different sizes that will help you with any cut or burn. If it is a closed wound, then antibiotic ointments will protect and moisten them. Liquid and butterfly bandages should be there for minimal scarring, and if you are more seriously injured, do not risk it, but always contact your doctor.
In the end just remember that you should not take medicine every singe time you feel like you are coming down with something, but it is good to have some basic medical supplies just in case. They can help you with unexpected cuts and burns, headaches or allergies, but if whatever it is does not go away soon, paying your doctor a visit is an absolute must!