It is estimated that there are over 900,000 household accidents every year in Spain, which highlights the importance of having a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Every home’s medicine cabinet, or first aid kit, should be adequately supplied, conveniently located, and reviewed periodically.
Medicine cabinet essentials
To best look after yourself and your family, having the right medical supplies on hand can make a world of difference. It is recommended that medications be organised by type, kept in their original packaging with original instructions, and periodically checked for expirations and re-stocking needs. It should be located somewhere clean, dry and cool, away from direct sunlight and out of the reach of young children.
Cuts, blows, falls and burns
- Antiseptics for wound cleaning (alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and iodine solution).
- Bandaging for covering the wound (gauze, adhesive plasters, medical tape and scissors).
- Aloe vera gel for burns.
- Aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol
- Topical creams/gels for reducing pain and swelling
- Cough medicine and decongestants.
- Hydrocortisone for skin rashes and persistent itching
- Asthma inhaler
- Eye drops
- Heart burn and indigestion
- Diarrhoea and constipation
- Gloves (latex or vinyl)
- Blood pressure monitor
- Anti-fungal cream
- Contact numbers (emergencies, medical specialists, pharmacist)