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Should I Padlock My Cabinets If I Work At Home
What should I have in our home medicine cabinet. I have a 7-year old and a baby on the way. Thanks?
The Basics: Basic medical supplies will suffice, including supplies to clean and dress minor wounds or deal with minor issues like small slivers. Basic meds like tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, cold medications, topical antibiotics or antifungals or gentle steroids for insect bites. We have a great article on this here... http://www.stjohnprovidence.org/innerpage.aspx?pageid=5041. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a painful tooth abscess, I have some flucloxacillin in the medical cabinet , will they work?
Respectfully,: you're asking the wrong question. If you have an abscess, it requires surgical drainage. Generally, antibiotics are unsuccessful simply because they can't access the whole abscess due to puss & poor circulation of blood. Please, please try to get to a dentist for appropriate care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is it that probiotics don't work when weather gets warmer? I left PB8 probiotics in my cabinet and they stopped working.
See below: Probiotics need live organisms to work as intended. Storing in an unregulated environment may have impaired the viability of the organisms. An other, more likely, explanation is that the probiotics were not the appropriate treatment for the malady you intended to use these for. ...Read more
I punched a cabinet at work 3 days ago, I still have major discoloration and pain on my hand, should I see a doctor?
It depends: It depends on how adventurous you are. At a minimum i'd say an assortment of bandages, ace wrap, bendable splint, anti-itch cream, scissors, fine tweezers, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) tape, burn spray, ibuprofen, antiseptic wipes. If you're a camper or hiker, you might look into a kit from adventure medical kits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fever reducer is #1: One important medication is to have a fever or pain reducer such as acetaminophen. (ibuprofen is helpful >6mo of age). Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is useful for allergic reactions. Hydrocortizone cream is great for baby eczema or skin rashes. Diaper rash cream (any with "zinc oxide" or even vasoline) & baby wipes. A digital thermometer that can read a rectal temperature is also essential. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have a terrible cold and found this in my medicine cabinet, it expired in 2011. can it be harmful?
Expiration date: There should be an expiration date somewhere on the bottle. To be honest, though, i wouldn't push it with eye drops. If it's been more than a few weeks since you opened the bottle and used them, i wouldn't put the drops in my eyes. And never use someone else's medicine. ...Read more
Can i take methocarbam two years after the expiration date? It was keep in a cabinet in it's original container.
No: It is not recommended to take old medications, even if kept in it's own container and stored safely. Sometimes the chemical breakdown causes toxic byproducts, as well as they can be less effective even if not toxic. Check with your neighborhood pharmacist also for more information. ...Read more
Any advice? I have had this opened bottle of B12 in my medicine cabinet for about 6 years, is it still good to take?
B12 injectable: I would not trust a six year old bottle of B12 even if it is unopened. It is not worth the risk. ...Read more
I'm preg. If my husband paints the kitchen, can the chemicals get into the food? Should i move the food? Is food that is in the cabinets safe?
Paint kitchen: Depends on what chemicals are in paint. Generally i suggest you remove food, and you avoid breathing paint fumes for several days. Use fans to air out kitchen. ...Read more
No: Expired medicine is usually ineffective and will not help you. Best to buy some new ones. ...Read more
I hit my head on a cabinet yesterday and my head still hurts. Is this something I should be concerned about?
My wife is experiencing headache after hitting the top of her head against the edge of the kitchen door cabinet?
Head ache: This can certainly be common with even mild head injuries, but caution needs to be taken. Depending on the extent of the force of her injury, she could have a subdural hematoma (SDH) which is serious and would need emergent treatment to prevent serious consequences, so,...the long and short of it is, without an exam, over the computer, a headache post a traumatic head injury needs to be seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ran into the edge of a cabinet today with my head. I have small knot on my head. I have this lingering headache too. It started a little later on?
Fight Of The Century: Here is a perfect opportunity to tell friends you got jumped by six thugs on the street and fought all of them off and walked away with nothing but a small bump on your head. I suggest this because I have every confidence you'll be OK. But...if the headache keeps getting worse or you start vomiting or your vision gets blurry,things like that,get someone to take you to the ER. Otherwise use Tylenol (acetaminophen) ...Read more
It's been over a year ago I hit the top of my head on the corner of kitchen cabinet door.. What does it mean if it is still giving me a lot of pain?
It means that: you have waited far too long to seek medical attention. I am stumped as to why you would wait 1 year- you question requires a medical examination and obviously, 1 year is a dangerously wrong idea. ...Read more
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