More of your health care takes place in your home than anywhere else. Having the right tools, medicines, supplies, and information on hand is important for your self-care.
Most of the items below don't cost a lot. They are easy to use and can be bought at most pharmacies and grocery stores.
These are helpful first-aid supplies:
Adhesive strips, such as Band-Aids, in assorted sizes
Adhesive tape, 2.5 cm (1 in.) wide
Elastic (such as Ace) bandage, 7.5 cm (3 in.) wide
Roll of gauze bandage, 5 cm (2 in.) wide
Sterile gauze pads, 5 cm (2 in.) square
These are helpful self-care tools to have on hand:
Humidifier or vaporizer
If you have children younger than age 6, consider adding:
Bulb aspirator or syringe.
Otoscope, an instrument with a light that you can use to look into the ear canal.
Some of the over-the-counter medicines you may want to have on hand include antibiotic cream or ointment for minor cuts and scratches and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain or fever relief. Be sure to store all medicines out of the reach of children.
Current as of:
February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
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