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Gathering Basic Equipment for Your First Aid Cabinet

Part of the Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Minor – and sometimes more serious – injuries or accidents can happen anywhere, but particularly at home – for example, when chopping the veggies, doing the gardening or during DIY projects. Illnesses such as coughs, colds and tummy upsets can strike any time, too. Being prepared is therefore a good idea, so keep the following basic medical equipment at hand in your home – but out of the reach of children:

  • Anti-allergy medicines such as antihistamines

  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets

  • Painkillers and medication for fever and inflammation, (such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin

  • Plasters, bandages, gauze, tape, tweezers

  • Sunscreen

  • Thermometer

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