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Medicine Cabinet Essentials Checklist

Keep these supplies on hand to treat minor ailments―and to save yourself a late-night dash to the drugstore.

For Pain, Headaches, and Fevers

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    Aspirin

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    Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)

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    Ibuprofen (such as Advil and Motrin)

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    Thermometer

For Congestion, Colds, and Coughs

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    Cough medicine

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    Decongestant (such as Sudafed or Dristan)

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    Throat lozenges

For Allergies and Itching

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    Antihistamine (such as Benadryl)

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    Hydrocortisone cream (for persistent itching)

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    Calamine lotion

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    Eyedrops

For Digestive Issues

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    Antacids (in tablet or liquid form)

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    Antidiarrheal treatment

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    Laxatives

For Cuts and Burns

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    Gauze, bandages, and medical tape

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    Antiseptic for wound cleaning (such as hydrogen peroxide)

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    Antibiotic ointment for preventing infections from wounds

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    Aloe vera gel

Miscellaneous

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    Sunscreen

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    Antifungal creams (athlete's foot relief)