When you feel sick, you have the option to head to your doctor and to grab a prescription which you can use to pick up medications from your pharmacy. Likewise you can alternatively pick up medications over the counter to treat milder conditions and to get yourself on the road to recovery.
Why it is important to stock up medications at home
However when you’re feeling really under the weather, this can feel like something of a nightmare. The last thing here that you want to be doing is heading out into the cold and mingling with other people (many of whom are likely also sick) in order to treat your condition – and if the problem is an emergency then this is a very serious issue and you might simply not have time to make a trip to the pharmacy.
In other words, it is much more advisable to make sure that you have stocked up on medication and treatments before you get ill. You can’t anticipate every illness and affliction that may befall you and your family, so there will always be times you get caught out – but what you can do is to have all the common medications that are likely to be useful in a range of situations. Here we will look at some of the medical supplies you should keep in the home.
Some basic medical supplies
Analgesics: This is the number one and most obvious medical supply to keep around. Pain killers can help everything from a serious headache to a broken limb to a stomach bug. At the same time they have many other effects such as blood thinning depending on the type, so it’s a good idea to stock up on a few so you can treat the condition appropriately.
Corticosteroid Creams: Corticosteroid creams are designed to help reduce inflammation. They do this by inhibiting inflammation caused by the immune system. These can thus be used to treat topical swelling after an injury or infection (in some cases – in others they might make an infection worse so check with your doctor), and are more commonly used to treat a range of rashes and skin irritations.
Bandages and Plasters: These are pretty important to have a supply of, and you should also carry them with you if ever you go travelling. This way you can compress swollen limbs and prevent excessive blood loss.
Activated Charcoal: This is a highly useful substance to have in the house as it can absorb toxins and bacteria from anything in the stomach when consumed quickly enough making it perfect for preventing food poisoning or for treating overdose.
Antacids: Antacids and other treatments for indigestion such as Gaviscon are great for serious cases of acid reflux or heart burn and this is important when you consider just how painful a serious case of indigestion can actually be.
Antiseptic Creams: These creams are important for treating cuts, scratches, ingrown hairs and more. These help to kill off bacteria in the area and this can help to clean the wound and thereby prevent an infection from setting in.