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11 Things to Keep Stocked in Your Medicine Cabinet

by Fallbrook Directory Mar 30, 2020

There's never a good time for a medical emergency, and yet somehow, we tend to come down with an ailment or illness when it is least convenient. Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet can save you a trip to the emergency room, and get you on the road to recovery before you know it. For those times when you have a home medical emergency, here are a few things we keep stocked in our medicine cabinet

 

11 Things to Keep Stocked in Your Medicine Cabinet

 

1. Pain Medication

 

It's important to have a few different varieties, depending on the other medications you may be taken or whether or not you have underlying medical conditions. Pharmacists recommend you keep ibuprofen and acetaminophen on hand for those times when you need an over-the-counter pain reliever.

 

2. Adhesive bandages, gauze, and antibiotic ointment

 

You'll never regret having a band-aid on hand! Keep a variety of sizes, as well as gauze for especially painful cuts, and don't forget to properly sanitize all wounds and apply an antibiotic ointment prior to wrapping. 

 

3. Pill cutter

 

You never know you need a pill cutter until you can't find one in your home! A pill cutter can come in handy when you least expect it, and can be used for human and pet prescriptions. 

 

4. Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide

 

Keep wounds cleaned and avoid potential infection by keeping rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide stocked in your medicine cabinet. We also recommend keeping Q-tips or medical gloves to use when treating wounds.

 

5. Airborne

 

Any immunity booster is an essential for a medicine cabinet, and will find itself to be particular useful in the beginnings of flu season. Whether you prefer the tablets or gummies, there is a formula for every member in your family.

 

6. Aloe Vera

 

Too much fun in the sun? Having aloe Vera in your medicine cabinet during the summer months is crucial, but here in sunny Fallbrook, we keep a stock of it year-round. Don't forget: aloe Vera can be used to soothe topical burns from the kitchen, too. For serious burns, please contact your doctor or emergency services by calling 911. 

 

7. A thermometer

 

There's no convenient time to come down with an illness, but having a thermometer to track your temperature and fevers can help you discern when to call the doctor and when to stay home, as fevers show that your body is actively trying to fight an infection. 

 

8. Allergy eye drops and over-the-counter medication

 

Allergy season can be year-round for some, and itchy eyes and runny noses can ruin a perfectly good day. Having a stock of allergy medication and eye drops is a great way to be prepared for when pollen counts sneak up on you, or the neighbor takes to landscaping his yard on a day you leave your windows open.

 

9. Hydrocortisone cream

 

Is there anything peskier than a bug bite? Once you notice one, it's hard to ignore it! Keep your medicine cabinet stocked with an anti-itch cream to sooth bug bites, poison ivy, rashes, eczema, or dermatitis.

 

10. Cough drops and cough medicine

 

Coughs are not only not fun, but they can keep you up throughout the night if not treated, and there's arguably nothing more important than sleep when you're fighting an illness. Keeping a variety of cough drops and over-the-counter cough or flu medicine will help you get ahead and stay on top of common colds, and ensure you get the rest you need!

 

11. Updated prescriptions

 

Be mindful of expiration dates, and always have your medications comprehensively looked over by your physician to ensure certain medications do not conflict with each other. 

 

No matter what life throws at you, having the right staples in your pantry is a great investment to make. Whether you buy in bulk at your local wholesale store, or simply choose to replenish when you start run low on your family favorites, these staples never go out of style and will help you create healthful, flavorful meals no matter the time of day.

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

the Fallbrook Directory

 


Source: https://www.thehealthy.com/healthcare/doctors/things-pharmacists-keep-medicine-cabinet/

 

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