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    Self-Care Supplies

    More of your health care takes place in your home than anywhere else. Having the right tools, medicines, supplies, and information on hand is important for your self-care.

    Most of the items below don't cost a lot. They are easy to use and can be bought at most drugstores and grocery stores.

    These are helpful first-aid supplies:

    • Adhesive strips, such as Band-Aids, in assorted sizes
    • Adhesive tape, 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide
    • Cotton balls
    • Elastic (such as Ace) bandage, 3 in. (8 cm) wide
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Medical gloves
    • Roll of gauze bandage, 2 in. (5 cm) wide
    • Safety pins
    • Sterile gauze pads, 2 in. (5 cm) square
    • Tweezers

    These are helpful self-care tools to have on hand:

    • Cold pack
    • Eyedropper
    • Handheld mirror
    • Heating pad
    • Humidifier or vaporizer
    • Medicine spoon
    • Nail clippers
    • Pillbox
    • Scissors
    • Thermometer

    If you have children younger than age 6, consider adding:

    • Bulb aspirator or syringe.
    • Otoscope, an instrument with a light that you can use to look into the ear canal.
    • Rectal thermometer.

    Some of the over-the-counter medicines you may want to have on hand include antibiotic cream or ointment for minor cuts and scratches and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain or fever relief. Be sure to store all medicines out of the reach of children.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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