How to Organize your Medicine Cabinet - A Checklist of First Aid Items

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When it comes to your medicine cabinet, regular maintenance is key. Know what to look out for with our products. Stock the right contents together for your medicine cabinet with Hansaplast.

1. Store it in the right place

This may seem like a given, but you should always store your medication in a safe but easily accessible place and should always put it back there after use. Make sure that everybody in the household knows where the medicine kit or cabinet is located. If you have toddlers or small children, the opposite applies of course. Keep your medication in a cool, dry place which is locked up and out of your child’s sight and make sure that they are NOT able to reach it. 

Also, keep it organised: Having to look for a package leaflet that’s flying around somewhere because you haven’t returned it to the package the last time you used that medication is unnerving. 

2. Check for expiration dates and age specifications

Go through your medicine cabinet at least once every six months and check the expiration date of every package. Be safe and toss out anything that has expired, as well as antibiotics that have not been used up completely. Do not throw any of these in the garbage, but return the products to your drugstore or pharmacy. They will dispose of them safely and in an environmentally friendly way. 

Also, check for age specifications and dosage recommendations on the medication intended for your children. The types of medications they can use change as they grow older, as does the dosage. Upgrade and stock up when and where necessary. 

3. Check whether you have the right first aid bandages and products

Be prepared when it is most important: Most accidents still happen in the household or during sports, so make sure to have the right products to help you in those moments when you have cut yourself or sprained an ankle. A well-stocked medicine cabinet means you are all set in those crucial moments. Check the Hansaplast range for especially convenient essentials and solutions, such as Hansaplast Silver Healing Plaster, the Washproof Plaster or Hansaplast Patch Plaster which protects your wounds even in awkward places. 

4. Assemble a “to-go-set”

Why should a “medicine cabinet” be something stationary? It makes sense to compile a selection of products that can be taken in your sports bag in case something happens during workout, hiking or other outdoor or sports activities. Hansaplast Jumbo or Hansaplast Silverhealing Plasters for instance. 

5. Calling sheet

This can be a crucial time-saver: Always keep important emergency phone numbers such as those for an ambulance, for your doctor and pharmacy, or for any hotlines (e.g. poison hotline) in the medicine cabinet."

6. Medicine Cabinet Checklist

Make sure your medicine cabinet includes these items. Check supplies regularly every six months. 

  • A thermometer 
  • A selection of painkillers and headache medication 
  • Cold medicine (decongestants, cough medicine, throat lozenges) 
  • Antidiarrheal treatment 
  • Hansaplast Silverhealing Plaster 
  • Plasters in various sizes for general care – such as Hansaplast Spot Plaster for smaller wounds and the original Hansaplast Regular Plaster.  
  • Hansaplast Patch Plaster - especially convenient on the go 
  • Hansaplast Fixation Tape for wound dressing in case of deeper cuts or grazes 
  • Tweezers and scissors  
  • Hansaplast Crepe Bandages in case of sprains or injuries  
  • Fever medication 
  • Sterile gloves 

Apart from prescription medication that you take regularly. 

Clever Products and TIme Savers

Check out these smart innovations that will help you save time and hassle – and support healing. 

Washproof Plaster

Ideal for covering all types of smaller wounds when washing, showering bathing or swimming, the Hansaplast Washproof Plaster offers 100% waterproof protection. They stay attached when wet and keep the wound covered with a soft, skin coloured pad." 

Silverhealing Plaster

Be protected against infection: Take care of your wound by using a Hansaplast Silverhealing plasters. Its antibacterial propoerties not only reduces the risk of infection, but also repels water and dirt while protecting and cushioning your wound." 

Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.   

Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly. 

In case you have diabetes, proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet. 

Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly. 

The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website. 

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