8 Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Summer

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  • Building a Summer First-Aid Kit

    Building a Summer First-Aid Kit

    Summer is here, and warm weather, outdoor barbecues, vacations, and travel are in full swing. Unfortunately, coughs, nasal congestion, and headaches don’t take a summer break, and time spent outdoors in the warm weather means more chances for burns, bites, cuts and allergies to flare.

    Learn eight things your medicine cabinet should be stocked with during summer and all year long.

  • Sunscreen


    Sunscreen really should be a no-brainer, but just in case you need to hear it again, here it is: protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays with sunscreen.

    If you’re wondering which of the hundreds of brands and types you should use, read Healthline’s sunscreen buyers guide for reviews and advice.

    You may also want to use these home remedies to treat sunburn.

  • Hydrocortisone Cream/Sprays

    Hydrocortisone Cream/Sprays

    If you’re enjoying the weather, chances are that insects are too. Whether it’s a mosquito or another insect, you or a family member is bound to get bitten. To be safe, make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked with a hydrocortisone cream or spray like Cortaid® Sensitive Skin Formula, Cortaid® Spray Maximum Strength, Cortizone for Kids®, Cortizone®-5 or Cortizone-10®.

  • Antacids and Antidiarrheals

    Antacids and Antidiarrheals

    For the treatment of itching and skin irritation caused by poison ivy, poison oak, insect bites and sunburn, there’s a variety of calamine lotion available. Try Calamine®, Calamine-Phenol , CalaminePlain or Aveeno Anti-Itch® cream to ease the itch. 

  • Calamine Lotions

    Calamine Lotions

    Allergies from pollen and grass don’t end when spring turns to summer. Grass pollen, weed pollen, and mold spores are a few of the lingering pollutants that could ruin your fun. Pick up some anti-allergy medications such as Benadryl®, Claritin®, Sudafed®, Zyrtec®, Tylenol Allergy and Sinus®, Singulair®, Allegra® and Flonase®.

    Learn more ways to fight off hay fever.

  • Allergy Medications

    Allergy Medications

    Allergies from pollen and other things don’t end when spring turns to summer. Grass pollen, weed pollen and mold spores are a few of the unpopular guests who hang around for months, so don’t let them ruin your fun. Anti-allergy medications include Benadryl®, Claritin®, Sudafed®, Zyrtec®, Tylenol Allergyand Sinus®, Singulair®, Allegra® and Flonase®.

    Learn more ways to fight off hay fever.

  • Headache Medications

    Headache Medications

    Headaches are often brought on by allergies, sunburn, or summer activities. If your head is hurting, you don’t have to forgo the baseball game or pool party. Aspirin, Tylenol®, Advil®, or Excedrin® can help relieve the pressure and save your plans.

  • Motion Sickness Drugs

    Motion Sickness Drugs

    With kids being out of school, many families plan their travel around the summer months. This means time spent on planes, trains, automobiles, and even boats—and an increased risk of motion sickness. Motion-sickness drugs include Dramamine®, Antivert® and Benadryl®.

  • Insulin and Fast-Acting Carbs

    Insulin and Fast-Acting Carbs

    If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, hot weather, outdoor activities, and changes to your diet can affect your blood sugar levels. Always test your blood glucose with a metering device, and be sure to take your insulin (i.e. Humalog®, NovoLog®, Apidra®, Levemir® and Lantus®). It doesn’t hurt to have a fast-acting carb source on hand for unexpected low blood sugar (ex. GlucoBurst®, InstaGlucose®, Glutose-15®, Dex-4®).

  • Your Healthiest Summer

    Your Healthiest Summer

    Medications are probably the last thing you want to think about during the summer months. To keep your family feeling healthy all summer long, check out these great tips: