Do you know what you should have in the home medicine cabinet?

Today we rescue a news from the La Vanguardia where it explains what you should have in your domestic first aid kit.

Domestic accidents can be: cuts to the fingers, child falls, burns, a bad cold … Every house should have its own medical dispensary, a reduced version of professional medical supplies to be able to deal with these small accidents.

“A first-aid kit can be any cupboard, box or suitcase that can contain the medicines and sanitary material necessary to be able to attend and alleviate minor discomforts, mild symptoms or minor disorders, under the necessary conditions”, explain the pharmaceutical companies Carme Capdevila, Maria Estrada and Mireia Massot on the website of the College of Pharmacists of Barcelona (COFB) to the cited article.

The home medicine cabinet should be protected from light and in an airy environment without excessive humidity. Remember that it must always be well closed and out of the reach of children.

The medicine cabinet should have three types of products: medicines, medical supplies and emergency telephones.

The medications that we should have in the medicine cabinet are to disinfect wounds (alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine …), analgesics, antipyretics, laxatives, antidiarrheals, cough suppressants, mucolytics, expectorants and antacids. In short, drugs that serve to highlight a specific pain, intestinal and stomach problems, colds and wounds.

The sanitary material is cotton, sterile gauze pads, elastic veins, tape, healing plasters, round-tipped scissors, tweezers, thermometer and disinfectant dressings. They are products that are basically used when there are wounds or sprains. Materials to be used once the lesion has been cleaned and disinfected and always with clean hands.

Finally, it is important to have emergency telephones at hand, such as the one corresponding to each Autonomous Community, as well as those referred to toxicological information centers (in case of ingesting toxic and aggressive products such as bleach, for example).

It is essential that all these products are in good condition and not expired. Medicines should be kept in the original container together with the package insert for future reference. You should also check the expiration dates of the kit at least a couple of times a year and take expired products to the pharmacy.

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