It is advisable to have a First Aid kit at home. This will enable self-help for minor injuries and illnesses and temporary help for more serious problems. Here are some recommended contents:
General over-the-counter medicines
- Painkillers - paracetamol, aspirin
- Anti-afflamatories (also work for pain) - ibuprofen
- Antihistamines for hayfever and insect bites
- Antiseptic cream e.g. Savlon
More specific over-the-counter medicines for:
- Cold relief
Prescription medication including inhaler if asthmatic
(these specific medicines are often less necessary to have in stock, but can be easily bought from pharmacies and supermarkets)
Store the medicines in a cool dry place and keep them in their original container. Throw them away when they are past their sell by date.
You should also keep a thermometer and your doctor's surgery number handy.