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No one plans to get sick or injured. Here are 11 Pharmacy Essentials we recommend.

Calanna Pharmacies are open late at night and into the weekend so we’re here when you need us. But to save you rushing out for a minor problem, here are 11 pharmacy essentials you should always keep at home.

  1. A thermometer. It’s difficult to tell when someone is just a little warm, or they have a severe fever which needs attention. A good thermometer is useful for monitoring someone who is unwell and can indicate if they are getting worse.
  2. Pain relieving medications. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can both be used for the relief of aches and pain as well as to reduce a fever if you feel unwell.
  3. Rehydration solutions. These can really be used for so many things. They are great when recovering from gastro illnesses but can even be used after heavy exercise (or a long morning gardening) when you need to rehydrate.
  4. Did you know sunscreen has an expiry date and should be replaced regularly? It is vital for protecting our skin from sun damage – especially in far north Queensland – and we should all be using it daily.
  5. Wound closure strips. These little strips are one of my most reached for dressings when people come in for wound advice. They can help you close a bad papercut, or a more serious injury.
  6. A variety of dressings. Paper cuts, grazed knees, scratched arms; whatever your household is likely to need you should have a selection of small and large dressings ready to cover up the wound.
  7. A bandage roll. With a bandage roll you can stabilise a rolled ankle, or provide gentle pressure on an emerging bruise, tie a splint to a suspected broken toe or hold a larger dressing on a wound. So many uses in one single product.
  8. Individual saline ampules. Sterile saline can be useful for washing out wounds but also for cleaning eyes, including when the kids have spent too much time in the pool.
  9. An antiseptic cream. An iodine based antiseptic cream is a good option for most cuts and scrapes.
  10. Burn relief cream. Burns can happen easily in a matter of seconds. After holding the burn under running water for a minimum of 20 minutes, a burn relief cream can help cool and soothe the area.
  11. An antihistamine. A general antihistamine tablet is perfect to keep in the cupboard if you’re active outside. It will help with itching from unfriendly plants and will reduce the swelling and itch from insect bites or stings.