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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
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
A very short list!: You need only a small number of things-- most of the stuff suggested on those long lists from the "baby stores" is unnecessary. I rec generics of: Acetaminophen (or Ibuprofen if past 6 mos), diphendydramine (benadryl), salt water nose drops, and an inexpensive digital thermometer. Have the phone # of a 24-hour pharmacy written down if you ever need it. ...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
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