What do you really do when you or a loved one has an injury looking for help, and you don’t have a medical kit, and even worse… you don’t have time to waste?
Check out this post below, originally published on the blog of TheApartmentPrepper, to see the 7 common house items with medical uses: In case there is an injury, you should ideally possess a well stocked first aid kit. But in case you or somebody you know gets hurt without a first-aid kit nearby, it’s good to know there are a few household things that can be used in a crisis.
7 First-Aid Kit Essentials
1. Sanitary napkins and tampons – The individually wrapped tampons and sanitary napkins are useful to keep in a first-aid kit. They can be used as a makeshift bandage for wounds.
2. Duck tape – duck tape may be used to care for sores: cover the blister with gauze, then cover it with duck tape. Do not let the sore come in contact, just the gauze should be in contact the duck tape. You may also wrap duct-tape around a sprained ankle to provide some support. When you have a cut don’t use adhesive bandages, use duct tape on a clean gauze (or use that sanitary napkin or tampon) to fasten it into position. Just don’t put the duct tape directly over the lesion.
3. Honey – has many first aid uses, use it as a remedy for minor burns by spreading it directly on the burn and cover with a soft cloth or gauze. Honey is also used to disinfect wounds and ease a sore throat.
4. Liquid dish detergent – a few drops with a water, use to wash cuts. Or freeze the detergent mix in a ziplock bag and use it as an ice bag.
5. Credit card, driver license or any other tough plastic cards – You can use a card to remove a bee’s stinger: Scrape towards the tip of the stinger; this way it comes out the way it came in. Rinse with water.
6. Non-sudsing ammonia – A half water, half ammonia mixture can be used to ease insect bites
7. Super glue – For a minor wound, super glue may be used to seal a cut. Clean the lesion and spread a thin coating of super glue, being careful to not get any glue within the wound. It could cause some irritation. (Note: The adhesive makers don’t advise this use for their products, as there are medical versions available; But we are talking about when there is nothing else around and no medical help is available. Do your own research and use your best judgement)