Thursday, 22 November 2012

What's in your medicine cabinet?

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Do you have everything you need to treat minor injuries and health issues at home? I know I have a digital thermometer 'somewhere in the house', but I had to go out and buy another one when I was in the grip of a cold the other week and needed to check I didn't have a fever.

I was also stumped when I was struck down with a really bad bout of heartburn and didn't have any indigestion remedies in the cupboard.

This started me thinking about what I should have at home and coincided with the release of a survey of 105 GPs conducted for Self Care Week (12-18 November 2012), on behalf of the Self Care Forum.

The essential basics are:

  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Thermometer
  • Sterile dressings
  • Eyewash solution
  • Medical tape
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic wipes/cream
  • Anti-diarrhoea meds
  • Painkillers
  • Cold/flu remedies
  • Antihistamines
  • Indigestion remedies
  • Sunscreen
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • A book on how to use this stuff safely
I'd add to that list a basic first aid qualification so you have some idea of what you're doing.

You should also go through all your basics regularly to make sure they're not out of date, especially of like us you don't use medicines that often.

The thing that hadn't struck me was that the bathroom with its warm and damp atmosphere isn't the best place to keep your first aid supplies. I've moved mine to a box in a cupboard in my bedroom so it's still easy to find but not in such a changeable atmosphere.

What are your 'must haves' for your medicine cupboard? Leave a comment below.

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