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First Aid

Sniffles and sneezes, bumps and bruises ... minor illnesses and injuries happen to us all. Having basic first aid supplies on hand when you need them is a smart idea.

The UHS healthcare team suggests:

Health equipment

  • Digital thermometer
  • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
  • Cold/hot pack
  • Medicine dosage cups

Aches, pains, strains, sore throats & fever

  • Tylenol (acetminophen, 325 mg. tabs)
  • Motrin, Advil (ibuprofen, 200 mg. tabs)

Allergies & itching

  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine, for itching and hives; can cause drowsiness)
  • Claritin (loratadine, for allergies and hay fever)
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream (for itching)

Colds & flu

  • Robitussin DM or Tussin DM (guaifenesin with dextromethorphan, for cough)
  • Sudafed (pseudoephedrine, for nasal congestion)
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Lozenges
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Tea
  • Chicken noodle soup mix or vegetable bouillon

Cuts, scrapes & bruises

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Adhesive bandages (such as Band-Aids)
  • Bacitracin (triple antibiotic cream)
  • ACE bandage
  • Elastic gauze bandage
  • Sterile gauze pads (3" x 3" size)
  • Adhesive tape

Upset stomach

  • Anti-diarrheal medication (such as Immodium AD or Pepto-Bismol)
  • Antacids (such as Tums, Mylanta, Zantac, for heartburn, acid reflux)
  • Ginger tea (for nausea)
  • Drinks (such as water, Gatorade or POWERade, for fluid replacement)


  • Alcohol-based hand cleaner
    Washing with soap and water is best,
    but hand sanitizer (such as Purell) is a good on-the-go preventative against germs
  • Sunscreen (SPF of 15 or 30)
  • Condoms/dental dams

First aid ... or more?

Do you need first aid or medical help?

If you're not sure what to do, call the UHS Triage Advice Nurse, 577-5229.

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