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What every student should have in their medicine cabinet

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As a student, you’ll fall ill once a while. It’s good to be prepared to treat some of the common ailments like colds, headaches and diarrhoeas by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet in your room. Here’s what you must have…

 

Pain relief

Painkillers like aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches and pains especially headaches and menstrual pain. They can also help with minor ailments such as the common cold by reducing aches and pains and high temperatures. If you sprain your ankle, these three are also helpful in reducing inflammation.

 

Antihistamines

Whether it’s allergies or insect bites, antihistamines can be purchased in the form of cream or tablets. They help to soothe insect stings, bites, rashes and itching. The tablets can control hay fever symptoms and calm minor allergic reactions to food. Be careful with them as they can cause drowsiness, so make sure you’re not driving.

 

Oral rehydration salts

Fever, diarrhoea and vomiting make us lose water and essential minerals, leading to dehydration. The oral rehydration salts can help restore your body’s natural balance of minerals and fluid while relieve discomfort and tiredness.

 

Anti-diarrhoea tablets

Diarrhoea could be caused by food poisoning or stomach virus and this can happen without warning. The anti-diarrhoea tablets are sold under the names of Imodium, Arret and Diasorb among others. It works by slowing down the action of your gut.

 

Indigestion treatment

If you have a stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief. It comes in chewable tablets or tablets that dissolve in water or in liquid form.

 

It’s advisable to see your GP if you feel you haven’t recovered.

 

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