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Medicine Cabinet Necessities

As we were running out of the house yesterday to spend Easter with family, my daughter asked me if we had any band aids to help with a blister she had on her foot, and for a split second I had that sinking feeling, do we? We were in a hurry and really didn’t have any time to spare running to the store. Luckily we did, and we were on our merry way. But that little moment also got me thinking. Every medicine cabinet should have band aids. That little adhesive bandage will save the day.

Other necessities in your medicine cabinet should include a digital thermometer to check for fevers. If you have an older mercury model, it’s time to trade it in for a much safer digital one. There are thousands of mishaps every year involving broken glass mercury thermometers, which can cause serious health problems if the mercury enters the body.

A healthy mouth can help maintain overall health, which is why dental floss is so important to use every day. Gum disease like gingivitis can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, and using dental floss is a good insurance policy against those things. Flossing helps remove bacteria from in between the teeth, and also cleans up the last vestiges of food particles that normal brushing leaves behind. Floss, for your health and your teeth.

I could give up many things, but not my tweezers. My eyebrows would revolt! But even more important, tweezers can grab foreign objects from your body, like splinters and ticks. Have them on hand, they will serve you well.

Once you remove that splinter or tick, or even a bee stinger, you have to make sure you clean the affected area thoroughly. That’s where the all-important antiseptic comes in. After using soap and water, you want to ensure that you keep infection at bay. I prefer hydrogen peroxide, it foams up upon contact and offers a comforting feeling with no stinging. Of course isopropyl alcohol is great too, it kills bacteria on contact. It also cleans your tweezers and scissors, not to mention thermometers, and anything else you want to get clean in a hurry.

These are some of my most important go-to items in my medicine cabinet. Having them handy will make your life healthier, happier and easier.

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