Medicine Cabinet Makeover, Part II
There are now more than 300,000 over-the-counter medicines: which ones do
you really need? Think about what should be in the medicine cabinet and what
shouldn't, what first aid products you should have, and how to organize your
home remedies so they're available when--and where--you need them.
general, think of products as those used daily, those used occasionally, and
- Products used daily include:
Products used occasionally--may be used more frequently in winter, especially
during the holidays:
- Daily medicines,
- Vitamins and supplements.
- And of course, toothpaste & dental floss
An emergency first aid kit should be kept at home and in the car. Add something
for minor burns, an antibiotic cream for minor cuts, and an antihistamine
for unexpected allergic reactions.
- These include headache, pain, and fever medicines and cough/cold/or flu
symptom products. Sometimes its tough to tell, but they are all made from
combinations of up to 5 ingredients: decongestant, cough suppressant, expectorant,
anti-histamine, and fever/pain reducers.
- --It's also handy to have a cream for itchy skin reactions as well as
products for all the usual stomach or bowel problems.
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Created: 12/27/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.