Whenever an emergency strikes, the most normal thing to do is to call the medical professionals. But due to various circumstances they may not be able to reach you in time. To make sure you don’t suffer because of any delay, here is a list of essential products which are a must have in your home which can prevent any serious health issues and warn you about it well in advance.
What are the Must have health products at home?
Most of the products are only targeted towards preventing an emergency and to provide a prior warning so you can take the necessary steps in time.
- First Aid Kit
The most basic must have is a first aid kit. A first aid kit is a bundle of various medical products that can play a vital role in times of any emergency. Its contents are very versatile in dealing with many different types of emergencies with just a simple kit.
These are some of the essentials which a first aid kid should have to provide a proper remedy.
- Antiseptic solution
- Hydrogen peroxide
- First-aid manual
- Scissors and tweezers
- Sterile saline
- Cold packs
- Hot Water Bags
Hot water bags are designed to contain hot water for a long period of time and to conduct heat wherever needed. There is an electrical and also a manual version of this hot bag, an electrical one is a more convenient option as it’s quick and doesn’t require any extra task other than to charge it up like any other electronic device you might have.
The primary function of a hot water bag is pain reduction. It helps by relaxing your muscles which can reduce pain. It does this by warming up your blood vessels which lets them expand which in turn improves blood circulation. This improved blood circulation ensures better flow to your muscles especially injured muscles.
Hot water bags are an excellent remedy for internal pain. Internal pain includes menstrual pain, back or neck pain etc. During a menstruation cycle if there is too much pain around your abdomen for you to bear, using a hot water bag can certainly ease it up to some extent.
Same goes for your back, neck or any other body part which is hurting after a long day at work or you just slept on your wrong side. Putting the warm bog over the painful area will quickly ease the pain and make it manageable at least.
- Heating Belt
A more comfy and much easier product to use as compared to a warm bag is a heating belt. The functioning of a hot water bag and a heating belt is pretty similar, both work to get rid of internal pain. This pain includes neck, back, shoulder, knee etc.
Using a heating belt over a hot water bag will give you more comfort and room to move a bit as you get the heat therapy. There won’t be any constant movement to make sure it gets heated in the right spot as the belt will be strapped in place. Using either depends mainly on your personal preference as both are used for the same reason.
Our bodies are excellent advisors of our own health. They know if something is wrong in us even before we can feel it at times. It gives us hints on what is wrong with us and it is up to us to decode it in time and take proper care about it.
One of the most common ways the body warns us about our health is through increasing our body temperature to indicate when something which is not supposed to be in your body makes its home there.
This is where the thermometer comes into play. It is quick, efficient and very accurate in its readings. It helps us in keeping our body temperature in check and to warn us when our body temperature is over the prescribed limit.
The new digital thermometers are much more simpler to use and understand than the old traditional long tubed ones. These are also much more travel friendly as they are much more rigid.
Anything above 100.4o F or 38o C is considered a fever. A normal fever doesn’t necessarily mean you need to consult someone. But if the fever is more than 103o F or 39o C or if the fever lasts for more than 3 days then do consult a medical professional.
- Pulse oximeter
Keeping the blood oxygen level is a necessity as without oxygen nothing is possible in our body. To keep the oxygen level in check a pulse oximeter is essential.
Using a pulse oximeter is simple. You just need to clip your fingertip into the device and it’ll use its infrared rays to determine your blood oxygen level.
The oximeter is mainly used to determine oxygen saturation and to provide low oxygen level warnings. If your oximeter gives you a low oxygen reading immediately contact a medical professional.
The normal range is usually 95% or higher. If your reading is below 95% please contact a medical professional.
If you’re suffering from asthma or any other lung disease a nebulizer is recommended for you. Nebulizer works in delivery of the desired drug directly into the system without any hassle.
It is super easy to use and also comes with no side effects. It uses oxygen coupled with compressed air to ensure the breakdown of the solution which is then directly injected into your system.
- Blood Pressure Monitor
To ensure the protection of the heart, a blood pressure monitor is needed. It helps in the early diagnosis of hypertension, heart attack and other heart related diseases.
The new digital and home made monitors are easy to use by anyone by just a tap of the button after strapping in. The readings are also very easily understandable by anyone and on top of that they are highly accurate.
A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg.
Anything over 140/90 mmHg needs to be immediately looked up by a healthcare professional.
Similarly anything less than 90/60 mmHg is also needed to be looked up by a professional as that is hypotension territory.
- Back Support belts
For anyone suffering from chronic back pain, this belt is for you. The supportive design is especially made to ease and relax your back after a long and tiring day of work. This keeps your back straight which reduces the chances of injuries by improper posture.
It is super easy to use, just strap on keeping it in the proper position. You’ll realize the proper positioning by the comfort level after a few uses.
Just like keeping your blood oxygen level is necessary, keeping your blood sugar level in check is just as important, especially for a person who is already a diabetic.
It advises the user when to eat more sweets and when not to buy a quick blood sugar level test. This helps in self control and early diagnosis.
A blood sugar level less than 140 mg/dL is normal.
A reading of more than 200 mg/dL after two hours indicates diabetes.
A reading between 140 and 199 mg/dL indicates pre-diabetes.
- Weighing Scale
Keeping your body mass in check can be crucial as sudden fluctuations can be symptoms of underlying hormonal imbalances which can be caught at an early stage with a weighing scale.
It also helps in maintaining a healthy diet by keeping our body weight in check. Staying in the healthy weight range of the BMI ( Body Mass Index ) ensures a healthy body.
BMI = kg/m2 where kg is a person’s weight in kilograms and m2 is their height in metres squared. There are also many BMI calculators online for you to check.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
A pedometer is a device which takes note of your movements, meaning it records the number of steps you took and also the amount of calories you burned throughout the day.
Keeping your calorie burn rate at check is necessary when you’re trying to lose weight. But why is counting steps important? The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an average person to take at least 10,000 steps a day to maintain good health and to decrease the chances of the following health problems.
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
There are also many apps that can work as an alternative for an actual pedometer device like google fit. Though no matter which device or app you choose to use, there are cases when it will count steps even when you’re riding a vehicle so be aware about using this device.
Precaution is better than cure. That’s a very famous and a very logical saying. Following this quote we have provided a list of health care products which will help you take proper care of yourself and avoid any type of emergency. These products not only help in avoiding an emergency but also helps in maintaining a healthy and risk free lifestyle if used properly.
We have provided the proper readings which you need to keep in mind to avoid any medical emergency relating to that issue. If the readings go over the prescribed limit immediately contact your healthcare expert.
It is also advised for anyone who is already diagnosed with any of the health defects mentioned here to make regular visits to the health care professional as may be prescribed even after using these products just to be on the safe side.