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What are the ingredients of a first aid box for home use?

Q: I want to have a first aid box at home. My parents are staying with me. One is 57 years old and other is 44 years old. What all things should a first aid box have? Please advise.

A:A first aid box should have the following things -

  • Band aids of different sizes
  • Antiseptic solution such as Dettol
  • Rubbing alcohol also called Isopropyl alcohol
  • A pair of pointed tweezers to remove splinters which are superficial and have one end protruding. Deeper splinters or foreign bodies should be removed by a physician.
  • Cotton - preferably sterile
  • Blunt ended scissors
  • Sterile bandages
  • Torch or flashlight
  • Tourniquet
  • Heating pad
  • Ice pack
  • ACE bandages - for sprains and achy joints
  • Acetaminophen (paracetamol) for aches and pains and fever
  • Throat lozenges
  • Ibuprofen, which has an anti-inflammatory action, also for aches and pains and fever
  • Aspirin tablets
  • Anti-allergy pills such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
These recommendations are for anyone above the age of 18 years.

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