When cold weather arrives, many people know they are going to catch some type of sickness. It may be something simple like a cold, or more serious, such as the flu. However, to ensure that you can treat any conditions that may occur this winter, make sure to stock your cabinets with the following medications.
There’s no remedy to get rid of a cold or the flu. These are the result of viruses, which means that only your immune system can fight the sickness off. However, there are a number of over the counter medicines that can help relieve the symptoms of these conditions, and it is a good idea to have them on hand throughout the winter months.
- Nasal decongestants: These usually come in a spray and will reduce swelling in your nasal passage.
- Oral decongestants: Sold in capsule or tablet form, and help to reduce the blood flowing to your nasal passages, reducing mucus production.
- Inhaled decongestant: This medicine will increase the moisture in your nose and relieve pressure.
Coughing usually begins when a portion of the airway in the lungs gets irritated or blocked. This is a simple reflex that is used to remove the blockage or the irritant.
There are two primary types of cough, a dry, tickly cough and a more productive, chesty cough. You can speak with your pharmacist to determine if Lemsip or an expectorant are right for you. During the colder months, it isn’t uncommon to have a sore throat. This can often be a symptom of the flu, colds, a glandular fever or even a bacterial infection. Sore throats can be relieved with throat lozenges and antiseptic sprays.
There are several medications designed to provide pain relief. If you have children, then it is best to purchase these in both adult and child formulations. Some of the pain relief medications that should be kept on hand include:
Unfortunately, when cold weather arrives, the threat of becoming ill is real. If you do become sick, you will be thankful that you have the medications listed here on-hand. Make sure to stay stocked and if you begin to run low, replenish your stock. Doing so will help ensure that if anyone in the family gets sick, you have over-the-counter medicines on hand to make them feel better.