Stocking Your Self Care Pharmacy
Self-care means knowing when to care for an illness or injury at home and when professional treatment is required. The following checklist can help you stock your medicine cabinet with the most common preparations needed for self-treatment.
- Adhesive bandages for minor cuts and abrasions.
- Antacids for heartburn/indigestion.
- Antibacterial ointment for minor cuts and abrasions.
- Antihistamines for allergy sufferers.
- Aspirin/acetominophen for fever, minor aches and pains.
- Baking soda for rashes, insect bites.
- Cough suppressant/expectorant for minor coughs.
- Decongestant for nasal congestion.
- Hot/Cold pack for minor pain/injuries.
- Hydrocortisone cream for minor skin irritations, rashes.
- Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds.
- Laxatives for constipation.
- Kaolin/Pectin (e.g. “Kaopectate”) for diarrhea.
- Pressure bandages (elasticized) for strains and sprains.
- Syrup of Ipecac for accidental poisoning.
- Thermometer for fever.
- Tweezers for splinters, removing wound debris.
Equipping Your First Aid Kit for Common Emergencies
The Scouts’ motto “Be Prepared” is excellent advice for all of us, especially when it comes to treating common emergencies. A key part of being prepared is keeping a well-stocked first aid kit readily available both at home and “on the road.”
Use the following checklist to put together your own first aid kit:
- First Aid Guide
- Antiseptic spray and/or antibacterial wipes
- Aspirin and/or acetominophen
- Baking Soda
- Band-Aids/gauze pads/adhesive tape
- Calamine Lotion
- Syrup of Ipecac/activated charcoal (poisoning)
“On The Road”
In addition to the above items, (in smaller, more portable amounts), a first aid kit for car travel should include:
- Emergency “disabled” sign for windshield
- Emergency flares
- Flashlight and batteries
- Fuses for electrical system
- Change for emergency phone calls
- If you will be spending time outdoors, add these items:
- Insect repellent
- Multi-purpose pocket knife
- Sunscreen Bee-sting kit (if you or a companion are allergic to bee stings).
*Note: For backpacking trips or wilderness travel, you should also bring along an emergency “survival” kit, available at most sporting goods stores.