This article was originally published by April K on www.askaprepper.com
Survivalists have the insight and wisdom to prepare for a wide range of events and circumstances that may impact their lives. We build skills, knowledge, gather the supplies we will need, and work together as a community to everyone’s benefit.
Many people feel it is too expensive to get into disaster preparedness as stockpiling can break the bank, especially if you buy everything together. However, you do not have to spend a lot of money on supplies, and purchase planning can divide the cost over a long period.
Candles, matches, batteries, vinyl gloves, plastic tarps, socks, a sewing kit, cooking oil, face masks, purification tablets, and toilet paper are affordable.
Antibiotics, antacids, antihistamines, and pain killers are just as essential as water and food. Add them to your checklist and first aid kit with other health supplies, including disinfectants, sterile bandages, and female hygiene products.
These commodities are not costly, and you can collect them over time to equip yourself properly.
This remedy reduces fever and relieves muscle pain, colds, flu, toothaches, backaches, sore throats, headaches, osteoarthritis, and menstrual period aches. Popular brand names include Tylenol®, Excedrin®, Advil® Dual Action with Acetaminophen, Midol®, Theraflu®, and FeverAll®, to name a few.
They cost a few cents each depending on the quantity. Remember that pain medication works best if you take it at the first sign of discomfort.
Ensure that you take the product as directed in the dosing instructions as the amounts of acetaminophen may differ depending on the make, and you do not want to take more than recommended. Ensure that you have a product made specifically for children on hand and determine the amount based on the weight or age of the child.
You do not need to shake all suspensions before use but will need to do so with some. Use the dose-measuring spoon, a syringe, or dropper rather than a household spoon to ensure you consume the correct quantity.
Take care with extended-release tablets. Chewing or crushing them will release all the medication at once, which may have serious side effects. Swallow either the whole or a split tablet with water instead.
Obtain medical advice if you have a fever for more than three days or pain for more than ten. Children can take the drug for half of the time allowed for adults, but you need to get medical advice if their symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache, a high fever, and a sore throat.
Taking too much acetaminophen can cause severe liver disease and may even be fatal, especially if you mix it with alcohol. Check the labels of other non-prescription medications – such as cough and cold medicines – to ensure they do not contain the drug, causing you to overdose.
Absorbing an excessive amount may lead to appetite loss, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, sweating, acute tiredness, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin and eyes. However, taking the correct dosage relieves pain and fever caused by several health-related concerns.
Indeed, you cannot buy antibiotics over the counter. Your doctor or other healthcare professional needs to prescribe it for a specific individual with a diagnosed health concern. That makes keeping it in stock problematic. There are other options if you cannot obtain a just-in-case broad-spectrum prescription.
Natural antibiotics that inhibit or kill bacteria growth include honey – especially raw Manuka.
Swallow a tablespoon daily for internal infections or apply it directly to a wound. Do not treat infants younger than one year with it. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and sugar that stops the growth of specific forms of bacteria. Its low pH level pulls moisture away, killing microbes by dehydrating them.
Purchase garlic extract or concentrate from your local health food store or take two cloves soaked in olive oil per day. Garlic has antimicrobial properties but can amplify the effects of blood-thinning medication or lead to internal bleeding if you take too much internally.
Treat urinary tract infections with cranberry extract containing antioxidants and antibacterial compounds.
Myrrh extract kills various pathogens such as candida Albicans – a yeast that causes thrush and fungal infection of the mucosal membranes or skin – and pseudomonas aeruginosa that causes infections in the blood, urinary tract, lungs (pneumonia), surgical and other wounds.
Large doses of myrrh may cause heart problems and diarrhea if consumed or a rash if applied to the skin but is well-tolerated by most.
Myrrh extract is effective against staphylococcus aureus. The bacterium causes skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses, boils, and cellulitis, resulting in red, warm, painful, swollen skin. The remedy also has a positive effect on e. coli. This infection may result in vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, and watery, mild to bloody and severe diarrhea.
Thyme and oregano essential oils, ginger, cloves, apple cider vinegar, curcumin found in turmeric, and echinacea all have antibacterial properties. Many preppers swear by adding fish antibiotics in pill-form to the bug-out bag as an alternative. You need to know how to use fish antibiotics, much like those for humans.
Make sure what they contain that may not be good for you, understand whether you will be helping or hurting the situation if you use them – based on your other prescription medications – and keep an eye on their expiration dates.
Some may have undesirable side-effects while others do not, so research precautions and use. Neosporin, Neosporin Plus, Polysporin, and Proactiv/Clearskin are over-the-counter topical antibiotics. Bacteriophage or phage is another alternative. Phage viruses infect bacteria and treat certain diseases.
What Else Do You Need?
Your first aid kit is not complete without antacids and cetirizine.
Antacids provide digestive relief as they neutralize the acid in your stomach, relieving heartburn and indigestion. You can buy them from shops and pharmacies without a prescription.
Cetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve dermatitis and symptoms such as an itchy throat, nose, or eyes; red, watery eyes; a runny nose; hives, and sneezing caused by hay fever and allergies to dust, pollen, dust mites, mold, and animal dander temporarily.
Consider stocking up on these medicines and natural remedies to ensure you are ready to deal with everyday health complaints during trying times.
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