Part of living safe and prepared is by ensuring that you have some necessary drugs in your home.
These drugs are only to be used in the event of an emergency, or in times when you cannot visit a pharmacy.
In this article, I’m going to share some of the drugs that you need to have in your house.
Aspirin is a common and very popular household drug. It has been used for many years to treat pain and reduce fever.
Aspirin comes in many forms; suppositories, tablets, and mouth gel. The dosage should be as prescribed by a doctor or a pharmacist.
Some of the uses of aspirin include;
- Relieves headache.
- To relieve muscle aches
- It can be used to relieve tooth pain
- You can sometimes use them for the common cold.
Some other benefits or uses of aspirin that are not necessarily medicinal are; it can be used to control dandruff, for gardening, it can be used to treat fungus in the soil, and also it can be used to remove sweat stains from clothes.
Aspirin should never be taken with drugs that fall under the same groups such as ibuprofen.
2. Nasal spray
One other type of medicine you need to have in your home is a nasal spray.
It is very common for someone to catch a cold or allergies, for this reason having a nasal spray in your cabinet should be a must.
When using a nasal spray block one of the nostrils with your finger and place the top of the spray on the other. Gently press the spray as you inhale. Repeat the same on the other nostril.
Do not let a child in this by themselves. It is better to have other types of cold medications prescribed for a child.
Uses of nasal sprays:
- It is used to relieve congestion in the nose.
- It helps reduce frequent sneezing.
- It helps combat running nose.
- Some other types of nasal sprays can be used in the treatment of flu.
3. Antihistamine cream.
From the name itself, an antihistamine is used to block the effects of histamine in the body.
Your body is experiencing pain and it produces histamine. It is responsible for causing many symptoms of allergies.
Antihistamine drugs come in a lot of forms and for this, were going to be discussing only the antihistamine cream and why you should have it in your home.
Some of the uses of antihistamine cream include;
- Relieve pain from insect bites
- Relieve skin itching
- It helps ease pain from burns, cuts, poison, and scrapes.
4. Hydrocortisone cream.
Sometimes the products we apply to our faces and bodies leave a completely different reaction from what we expected.
In some cases, it can be evident from skin rashes and acne. For this reason, you have to have a hydrocortisone cream in your home.
It is not to treat various skin conditions including allergies, dermatitis, itches, swelling, etc.
However, skin reactions resulting from cosmetics are avoidable.
Before applying a product to your skin you should know some of the chemicals that your body is allergic to, get other people’s opinions through reviews before buying a cosmetic product.
Purchasing beauty products from companies that have poor reviews. It will greatly help you avoid cosmetic allergies and skin diseases.
Another type of medicine I find useful for everyone to have in their home is acetaminophen.
It is commonly used for pain. It can reduce menstrual cramps, backaches, fever, and headache.
It has the same effect as ibuprofen.
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen work almost the same, save as ibuprofen is better for inflammation. Acetaminophen does not have inflammation properties.
Whether it is a household medicine such as ibuprofen or all the listed medicines above, it should be handled and consumed with care.
Medicines are drugs, and drugs are addictive. Follow the correct prescription, when you finish your dosage that should be it unless symptoms persist where you must visit a doctor or a medical center.
Down below are two other tips to safely handle medicine at home;
- Drugs should be stored safely away from children used or exposed when necessary.
- It should be administered by an adult as prescribed by a licensed doctor or a pharmacist.