We have all heard at least once that prevention is better than cure. For instance, being able to respond quickly to small symptoms of illnesses can indeed be of great help and counter a possible deterioration of a family member health while it’s still possible. This is the reason why every house should have a small pharmacy or box specially dedicated to pills and other type of medication.
Where to start?
Well, there are a few categories to identify before starting your collection:
Pain and fever medications are one of the simplest to have from your nearby pharmacy. However, do not forget that the prescription can change if you are thinking about curing a child or an adult. These medicines exist in different strengths
Antiseptic solutions can be used straight forward when having to care for small cuts and wounds. These should be carefully cleansed also prior to treatment so your pharmacy should have hydrogen peroxide or equivalent solutions.
Topical Antibiotics are nice to have too! They exist in any form and all are considered equally efficacious for the prevention and treatment of minor skin infections. Some topical antibiotics are better for burns so better distinguish your ointment carefully in your cabinet
Stomach and Intestinal Disorders can be the most common form of illness that you will be facing to better include a good stool softener or a mild laxative
Hydrocortisone is the category which can be seen in creams or ointments and be used whenever you’ll have to deal with itching or simply against mosquito bites. Similarly, if you can see that your family is regularly exposed to athlete’s feet or fungal diaper rashes, then consider having some antifungal medications too
Decongestants are clues to peaceful sleeps whenever you are having a stuffy or congested nose. They also drain mucous, so better not taking them at night and prefer a day use when you can blow your nose! On the other hand consider also having some antihistamines to help dry up a running nose! But don’t play by alternating decongestants and antihistamines!
Cough medicines can be quite common too and their nature can be identified as either expectorants or suppressants. Do not mix or interchange the medicine intake unless you can see that there is a change in illness. Keep in mind also that coughing is a NORMAL reaction so do not panic and start treating a coughing person as from his first cough!
At last, consider having some band-aids of all types and gauze dressings, paper tape if possible. Depending on the health background of the family, you can go for more specific medicines such as eye drops or nasal sprays, aspirin or vitamins, etc. Knowing your family is essential and orienting the list regarding their direct needs should be your major concern.
However, though it might be good to be 100% prepared to look after the ones we love and treat most common symptoms, we should bear in mind that self-medication must not be considered as the ultimate solution against all type of illnesses. It’s good to read what you can find on internet but makings one’s own idea about a situation based on number of comments you can have on a forum will never be comparable to the diagnosis of a certified practitioner.