When you're stocking your first aid kit, make sure you have lots of the basics on hand. What first aid kit would be complete without bandages? Bandages help to protect wounds against bacterial contamination while allowing them to breathe. Be sure to add some cotton swabs. You can use them to apply and remove cosmetics and dab on topical medications quickly and easily. Just don't put them in your ears! They can rupture an eardrum.
Alcohol swabs are another good addition to your first aid medicine and health pack
. Use them to clean and disinfect wounds and clean an area prior to an injection. These pre-packaged swabs are time-saving. Just open the package and you have a swab with alcohol already on it. After cleansing the wound, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream for extra protection against wound infection. Antibiotic cream works well for cuts, scrapes, abrasions, burns and other wounds exposed to air. Keep plenty on hand if you're active outdoors, involved in sports or have kids. You never know when you'll need it!
If you work in front of a computer or do lots of lifting, you may have experienced back or neck strain from poor posture or overuse. Heat helps to soothe strained muscles and ease the pain of minor injuries. Keep a heat wrap on hand to apply to those sore, aching areas that need long-lasting relief. Heat wraps are more convenient and easier to use than a hot water bottle or a heating pad. You can use them as soon as you open the package and get soothing comfort. Another way to relieve minor aches is with a hot patch that contains the natural ingredient capsaicin found in hot peppers. Capsaicin works by blocking a neuropeptide that transmits pain signals to the brain so you feel less of it. It's appropriate for muscle strains and arthritis, but check with your doctor first to make sure you don't have something more serious than a strain.
Do you exercise and shower at a gym? Then you're at risk for itchy Athlete's foot. Keep absorbent powder on hand to keep your feet dry and more resistant to fungi that cause Athlete's foot. You can also use it for diaper rash in babies and to keep other areas of your body free of excess moisture.
What could be more annoying than hemorrhoids
? Some of the symptoms of hemorrhoids include irritation, burning and itching in the anal area. Medicated wipes made for hemorrhoids help to soothe inflamed and irritated hemorrhoidal tissue so you can get on with your life.
When the unexpected happens, make sure you're ready. When you have the appropriate supplies on hand, you're prepared for life's little inconveniences and can get relief promptly for you and your family.
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