Whether it’s at home, the workplace, or your traveling to-go luggage, a stocked first aid kit is an absolute necessity. Cuts and lacerations alone accounted for 4,120 job transfer or restriction cases in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A typical first aid kit will come with generally the same type of items, which include things like gauze, bandages, thermometers, scissors, sunscreen, tweezers, and alcohol/peroxide.
There are, however, plenty of additional items that one should consider “standard issue” in everyday first aid kits. Some of these important things most people either forget or simply don’t think warrant inclusion, for whatever reason.
Antibacterial wound care treatments are critical for treating cuts and scrapes and preventing infection and should be standard in most first aid kits. This is a critical step before covering a wound with a bandage.
However, due to things like an allergic reaction to bandage adhesive,
not everyone can use a bandage and will need to look for alternative wound care treatments to heal their minor injuries.
Tape Relief is made specifically with those who suffer from a bandage adhesive allergy in mind. It’s a unique and innovative topical solution to help combat an allergy to bandage adhesive symptoms. You simply apply the ointment before covering it with a bandage, and the formula protects your skin from an allergic reaction to bandage adhesive.
Known as contact dermatitis, the number one most common allergic reaction to bandage adhesive is in the form of a rash, according to the National Institute of Health this typically stems from the latex. Even those without allergies can find themselves with irritating rashes from adhesives. A skin rash can occur in up to 50% of people when adhesives are in contact with the skin for prolonged periods of time (hours to days).
One pharmacist and expert on treating most common medical conditions, Wimpie Pretorius, gave his advice on some of the other things that get left out of first aid kits to the South African news site RekordEast.co.za. In the piece that went up right before the new year Pretorius offered some other good ideas for things to include.
“It is very important to keep your destination in mind when packing your first-aid kit, as well as the ages of your children,” Pretorius said. “Babies will not be able to take tablets, and a syrup will be needed for diarrhea or fever, for instance.”
Prescription medications of those who will be traveling are necessary, as well as making sure everything is replaced and up-to-date. Pre-made saline nose sprays and drops are perfect for combating mucus buildup at the first sight of a cold, fever, or sore throat.