No matter the size of your household, a well-stocked medicine cabinet is essential for handling minor emergencies and medical concerns as they crop up — and they always crop up.
Trinity Salem Family Health Clinic, located in Waxahachie, Texas, focuses on general health and wellness for the entire family. Under the expert direction of nurse practitioner Yaminah Matthews, we ensure that your loved ones get the timely and expert they need for most general health concerns and minor injuries.
When a problem arises that you can handle on your own, we want to ensure that you have the right tools for the job. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of over-the-counter (OTC) essentials for your medicine cabinet.
There are about 151 million emergency room visits annually in the United States, and cuts probably account for their fair share.
For minor cuts, it's crucial to have the following on hand:
This list item on the list is an important one. After you clean the cut and the bleeding stops, apply an antibiotic ointment immediately and cover the area. This step can prevent a potentially larger problem down the road — infection.
From headaches to a sore knee after a fall, having some OTC pain medications is always a good idea. We recommend something with acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.
These can come in pill or liquid form, but they also come in creams that you can apply directly to the painful area.
More than 100 million people in the US experience allergies yearly, so the odds are good that someone in your household may be part of this large group.
If you or a loved one has allergies, ensure you've got the medications we've recommended on hand, whether it's a decongestant or an antihistamine.
For routine bug bites, like mosquitos, and encounters with poison ivy or poison oak, it's always a good idea to have a topical cream that combats itchiness, such as hydrocortisone.
If a family member eats something that doesn't agree with them or you have ongoing issues with acid reflux, having a few gastro-intestinal medications in your medicine cabinet is a great idea. These should include:
The last item on our list, charcoal tablets, is suitable for soaking up something that doesn't agree with you in your digestive tract, and they can also be used as an emergency treatment for potential poisoning.
The flu and cold season is around the corner, so it's always a good idea to have appropriate medications. Please ensure that medications from last year haven’t expired, and if so, go out and get a new batch of cough suppressants and decongestants.
There are many great things to have in a medicine cabinet outside of medications, such as:
If you spend some time updating your medicine cabinet, throwing out anything too old, and purchasing new supplies, you can make sure you're prepared for whatever little health issues come your way.