8 Must-Haves For Your Medicine Cabinet

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8 Must-Haves for your Medicine Cabinet


When we were kids, being sick meant a day home from school watching cartoons on the couch. Mom or Dad would always have the right medicine for us back then. Now that you’ve grown up and might have kids of your own, you’re the one who needs to keep the medicine cabinet stocked in case of another cartoons-on-the-couch day.


You don’t have to keep a vault of every kind of drug on the market, but a collection of go-to medical supplies is essential to being ready for the most common bumps and bad colds we run into. Here are eight essential must-haves for your medicine cabinet:


1: Burn relief cream

Whether it’s the stove, oven, fireplace or grill, you’re never more than a few feet away from a potential burn. Burn relief cream is pain-relieving and antibiotic, meaning it will ward off bacteria before they have a chance to infect the open wound.


2: Eye drops

Eye drops are helpful for several common problems. Red, itchy eyes caused by airborne allergens can be soothed with antihistamine eyedrops. Hydrating eyedrops also help fight the effects of pink eye (AKA conjunctivitis) to limit the spread of the infection.


3: Benadryl®

Benadryl®, a brand name of diphenhydramine HCl, fights the symptoms of allergic reactions to foods, pets or plants, and can be used to fight an allergic reaction on your way to an ER. Although well known by its brand name, Benadryl®, the medication is widely available in cost-saving private label brands such as Family Pharmacy’s Leader® brand.


4: Allergy Medicine

Antihistamines such as Claritin® or Zyrtec® fight off the symptoms that are caused by seasonal allergies. These drugs can save you months of irritation from symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Both name brand over-the-counter medications are also available in cost-saving private label brands.



These bandages come in a million different varieties, one for every kind of scrape or cut you could think of. They help seal an injury off from infection so that your skin can heal naturally and quickly.


6: Calamine Lotion

Calamine neutralizes the effects of painful skin rashes and chicken pox. They are useful for poison ivy, poison oak, insect bites, sunburns, and rashes from sickness.


7: Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a plant which is used to make a skin gel. It can be used topically to relieve pain from burns, sunburns, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores.


8: Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol

These solutions are used to disinfect wounds by killing any bacteria present. Before bandaging a wound, you can apply either of these liquids with a cotton swab to clean it first to prevent infection.


With these eight tools in your belt, you’ll be ready the next time you need to spring into action like your parents used to do. You can find all of them at your local Family Pharmacy.

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