February 27, 2024/Daily Health Stories

Tips for Stocking your Medicine Cabinet

A physician shares essential items you'll want to have in your medicine cabinet.


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CLEVELAND – We keep all sorts of things in our medicine cabinets – but what’s really essential to have on hand?

Neha Vyas, MD, family medicine physician for Cleveland Clinic, said adhesive bandages are a must, but if they’re always falling off, you may want to try the liquid kind.

“They actually make liquid bandages, which are really good for those cuts that are somewhat annoying and don’t seem to hold very well with the adhesive bandages,” said Dr. Vyas. “They seem to hold up under water much better than the adhesive bandages.”

It’s also a good idea to have some type of pain reliever in your medicine chest.

And if you’re prone to achy muscles, pain relieving patches may be useful.

Antacids can come in handy for the occasional bout with heart burn, upset stomach or diarrhea.

For itchy insect bites, hydrocortisone cream may provide relief.

Speaking of itch, people who suffer from allergies will want to stock up on some antihistamines.

“Those are great to have around if you have the seasonal allergies, or right as you’re starting to develop a respiratory infection and you have that runny nose or the sneezing, or the itchy, watery eyes,” Dr. Vyas explained.

She recommends checking your medicine cabinet every six months to toss and replace expired items.

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