Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

Have you ever referred to your medicine cabinet for your ailing child only to find out that it actually doesn’t contain the medicine that you need? Be geared up for circumstances such as this by ensuring that you always have stocks of all the medicines you need. Read all labels well and follow the correct dose at all times.

See to it that you have in stock pain relievers and fever medicines both for adults and children. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen provide immediate relief for minor pains like headache or menstrual cramps. They are also effective in reducing fevers but know that fever is usually secondary to an infection which requires immediate professional medical attention.

Keep a stash of medicines to arrest digestive problems. Loperamide pills stop diarrhea usually caused by bacteria in food or what is called food poisoning. It is also sometimes caused by a stomach virus. Oral rehydration salts in tablet or powder form will replenish the lost body fluids attributable to diarrhea.

Oral and topical antihistamine medications ease sneezing, runny nose, skin itchiness, and other types of allergic reaction to certain food items, bee stings, and other external conditions. Diphenhydramine, cetirizine, and loratadine tackle problems associated with allergy, though the latter two are least likely to trigger drowsiness.

Cough and cold remedies should also have a place in your medicine cabinet. This includes suppressants for dry cough, expectorants for cough with phlegm, and phenylephrine for stuffy nose. The latter is meant to decongest or lessen swelling in the nasal passages but ENT specialists don’t recommend it to be taken for more than seven days and by individuals with high blood pressure. It’s therefore crucial to go to a Singapore ENT clinic first for the appropriate treatment and prescription.

See to it that you have a complete and easily accessible first aid kit so you can immediately remedy minor wounds, cuts, and scrapes at home. This will also come in handy for more serious injuries while professional help is not yet available. Arrange the following in an easy-carry tote bag or plastic bin: a bottle of antiseptic solution, antibiotic cream or ointment, bandages, waterproof plasters in various sizes and shapes, gauze pads and rolls, micropore tape rolls, alcohol, tweezers, scissors, flashlight, and magnifying glass.

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