With so many different medical emergencies that could happen in a home for a child or an adult, what is the most valuable and useful medical care a person should have in their home?

To be prudent and orderly, every household in America should have a basic range of medical care to deal effectively with minor health problems that may not require medical attention.

Medical Care for All the People

There are many supplies that a household could have. There are numerous sizes and brands of bandages, endless stocks of exotic and common ointments, wraps for sprains and other traumas, face creams, splints and other supplies for broken bones and of course there is a stall of over the counter medicines for every conceivable disease known to humans, all sold by your local and helpful corner drug store. The most needed medical care that should be available in every home, the first that comes to mind, of course, is antiseptics.

Why the antiseptic? The reason for this choice is that the most common health problems are wounds and minor trauma that may or may not include bleeding. Children are particularly susceptible to various wounds and trauma from frequent falls and accidents outdoors when playing or climbing a tree.

But the need for antiseptics is not limited to children. Adults can also experience minor wounds when doing household chores or exercising. Although moderate and severe wounds require immediate attention from a doctor or at least a qualified nurse, smaller wounds can be effectively treated at home with antiseptics and bandages.

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The most common complication of a small wound that involves bleeding is an infection caused by bacterial contamination of the wound and enlargement. Symptoms can include pain, redness, functional impotence in the affected area, and swelling. In addition, if left untreated and not disinfected, the wound can serve as a source of contamination for other parts of the body, and even a general infection, the sepsis, can occur when the harmful bacteria reach the general bloodstream. Although our body has several defense mechanisms, including immune cells, cadena antibodies, and scar tissue formation, you should not take the risk of not properly treating a potentially infected wound.

Antiseptics are locally used solutions that kill the harmful bacteria and disinfect the wound. Examples of high quality antiseptics are alcohol, a hydrogen peroxide solution, an alcohol-iodine solution, also known as tincture of iodine, providonone-iodine, also known as beta-dine, and boric acid. The most effective and most used antiseptics are iodine-based solutions, especially providone iodine. This is because beta eating, unlike other antiseptics, does not induce rapid scarring, which negatively affects the natural healing process. Iodine-based antiseptics also have a broad spectrum of antibacterial effects compared to other antiseptics, which is useful if the source of the infection is not clearly identified.

So if you just had to get essential medical care, the antiseptic is the choice that I would suggest. But don’t take my word for it. Check out this website published by the National Center for Biotechnological and Genomic Information.