Has it happened to you? Itís late at night, youíre alone and wham! A mild medical emergency catches you off-guard. You stumble to the bathroom and open the medicine cabinet and besides the toothpaste, aspirin and the Pepto Bismol, thereís not much else in there. Weíre not suggesting you lay in a shelf full of lotions, potions and products to rival a drugstore, but there are a few things that no single should be caught without.
Maybe toasting marshmallows over the stove went haywire, or lighting a candle backfired, so youíll need a burn cream. The best one that instantly takes the pain away, helps to prevent blistering, speeds healing and prevents scarring is BurnCreamMD.
That tequila fest went on a little longer than you planned for? Select from a variety of over-the-counter hangover remedies like Chaser, Sobír-K, Hangover Stopper, Intervention, RU-21 and Berocca to name a few. Basically, theyíre just vitamin and mineral supplements, and the water you need to drink them with is the real key to hydrating your body. So drink up and you should feel better.
From sudden itching to a bug bite, you can counteract redness, inflammation, swelling, and rashes with a cortisone cream like Cortizone 10. Iíve even heard it works on pimples, too.
Seeing red? Keep eye drops on hand. Good for dry, tired, itchy red eyes from too much computer work, allergies, medications, airplane travel, or dehydration. Try individually packaged (preservative-free) eye drops. Large size bottles can get contaminated. Try Systane, Rohto V, or Bausch & Lomb.
An all-star product, hydrogen peroxide, is an all around godsend. It not only disinfects, itís an antiseptic for cuts, and can also help with a sudden toothaches. It can prevent canker sores, stuffed sinuses, boils, skin infections and fungus. Found in many teeth whitening systems, use it as an inexpensive tooth bleach and as a mouthwash as well.
We know some people are more sensitive than others. Have some non-latex condoms on hand in case you encounter someone who is allergic to latex. Brands like Lifestyles Skyn, Durex Avanti and Trojan Supra or Naturalamb have protection differences so be sure and check out their websites for more information.
You need a non-prescription cold sore remedy. If youíve ever gotten a cold sore, you know how painful it can be. So, head off the hurt and the swelling, shorten healing time and the duration of symptoms while protecting healthy cells from the infection. Try over the counter Abreva at the first tingle.
The good thing is youíve got a job. The bad thing is you travel all the time. To get to sleep, try a natural sleep remedy like melatonin. Great for night workers and jet lag nightmares.
Maybe it was a wrong turn in the sack, or on the court, but for sudden back, wrist, shoulder, elbow or neck pain, you need a hot pack that penetrates deeply, increases circulation, relaxes muscles, and decreases stiffness. ThermaCare heat wraps warm up using your own body heat, and stay hot for eight hours. Keep a bag of frozen peas in the freezer for icing sprains.
Touted by models who travel the world constantly, Oscillococcinum, is a cold remedy that works wonders. Keep some on hand for flu-like symptoms, body aches, chills, fever, or feeling run down. Itís non-drowsy and has no side effects.
Thatís a brief summary of must-haves. Snooping around in the medicine chest of a new loverís apartment without getting caught is up to you!
Ruta Fox is the CEO of DivineDiamonds.com and the creator of The Ah Ring, the first and only diamond ring designed for single women.