Health is our number one priority. Without good health, we will experience difficulties in performing regular functions in our daily life. This also means we should prepare the umbrella before it rains by having essential medical supplies at home. Check out the medical supplies available below.

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Medical Supplies You Should Always Have At Home

When was the last time you updated your medicine cabinet stash of decongestants, fever-reducers, and bandages? Do you have a home first-aid kit or bug-out bag stocked and ready to go in case of emergencies? Ideally, you should answer “yes” to all of these questions, but if not, this list of must-haves clarifies exactly what you should have in case of minor illness and injuries.

Not only should you stock up on enough to patch up paper cuts and prevent to onset of a pesky cold, but you should also be prepared with enough over-the-counter meds to last you through whatever the ailment is, in case you or a loved one is stuck at home for several days (or possibly even weeks).

Thermometer

An electric thermometer is usually accurate and sturdy, and a good choice for those who are wary of the mercury in traditional thermometers. For babies, rectal thermometers are most accurate.

Cough Medicine

For a dry, hacking cough, look for one that contains the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. Big-name brands include Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough, DayQuil Cough, and Delsym. If the cough is producing mucus, use something with guaifenesin, an expectorant, to loosen secretions. These include Mucinex, Robitussin Mucus + Chest Congestion, and Tussin Expectorant.

Warning: A cough that lasts more than a week or is accompanied by a fever may be a sign of bronchitis or pneumonia and should be treated by a doctor.

Bandages and Gauze Pads

A box of adhesive bandage strips in assorted sizes and a box of gauze pads (the large size, four-by-four inches, which can be cut down) will be adequate to dress most cuts, scrapes, and burns. Butterfly bandages can help pull together the edges of a cut to help it heal with minimal scarring. They’re worth considering if you have extra space in your medicine chest. A liquid bandage may also be helpful: paint on one (like New-Skin) to seal off a small, uninfected cut, taking the place of a more cumbersome bandage.

Medical Tape

This will hold the gauze in place. People with sensitive skin need paper tape marked “hypoallergenic.” If the gauze is applied to the finger, an arm, or a leg, it can be wrapped instead of taped with the kind of nonglue cloth wrap that sticks only to itself. Johnson & Johnson sells a product called Hurt Free Tape in two widths.

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