Your Fix-It Kit

All the goods to help you handle life's little health emergencies.

Thermometer: Opt for one of the digital kinds: They're cheap and accurate.

Bandages and Gauze: Keep a range of sizes on hand.

Antibiotic Ointment: Spread a thin layer on a cut or wound to kill infection-causing bacteria.

OTC Painkillers: Ibuprofen curbs inflammation-causing chemicals; take it for sprains and burns. Acetaminophen targets pain-causing compounds and is a go-to for headaches.

Oral Antihistamine: It fights chemicals in your body called histamines, which flare up during an allergic reaction.

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Tweezers: The next best thing to a surgeon's hands for removing a splinter or tick.

Elastic Bandage: Use one for a sprain. The perfect wrap is like a hug: snug, but not tight enough to cut off circulation.

Antacids: They're for heartburn, but many contain histamine blockers that can alleviate an allergic reaction.

Credit Card: A credit card can scrape out a bee stinger if you're caught without tweezers.

Aloe Vera: It's a plant with benefits. Break the leaf to release gel that can help heal scrapes, blisters, and minor burns.

Honey: More than a throat soother, honey can be dabbed on minor cuts and burns; it battles infections and can speed healing.

This story originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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