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The Elmdene & Bean Surgeries
 The Elmdene & Bean Surgeries
national health service

The Family Medicine Chest

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite cheap and worth

stocking at home in readiness for minor illnesses. Keep them in a box or cupboard with a lock - or store them

well out  of the reach of children.


       Soluble Aspirin Tablets 

            For adults and older children. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and 

            painful bruises.


       Paracetamol Mixture

            For relief of pain or fever in young children.


       Sedative Cough Linctus

            For dry or painful coughs - but not coughs caused by common colds.


       Menthol Crystals 

            Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or 
            painful coughs.


       Vapour Rub

            Again, for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry 
            coughs. Rub on the chest and nose.


       Ephedrine Nose Drop

            For runny noses in children over one year old. Use before meals and at night 
            but not for more than four days.


       Antiseptic Solution

            One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.


       Antiseptic Cream

            For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.


       Calamine Lotion

            For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings and sunburn.


       Dressing Strips

            For minor cuts.


       3" Wide Crepe Bandage

            To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.


       Cotton Wool

            For cleaning cuts and grazes.



            For fevers.



            For removing splinters.

Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.

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