Do you ever wonder what doctors keep in their homes for medical emergencies? According to a recent survey, here are a few of the most common household items doctors always keep on hand. Whether it’s a bug bite, or someone has a heart attack.

  • Aspirin. It could literally be the difference between life and death if you suffer a heart attack. That’s because aspirin is a blood thinner, and can potentially stop a heart attack in its tracks if you take it in time. So, as soon as you experience symptoms – like crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, and extreme sweating – pop an aspirin and call 9-1-1. Even better, keep Alka-Seltzer on hand. It contains the same milligrams as a regular aspirin, but an Alka-Seltzer begins fighting blood clots almost three minutes faster than a pill since it dissolves more quickly.
  • Distilled white vinegar. Doctors say it’s a great natural bug bite remedy because it neutralizes the venom. Simply dab some on a bite to eliminate painful stinging and itching – Apple cider vinegar will work too. And if you’re going camping, or somewhere you know you’ll be bitten – three days before you leave, start taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day. Continue using the vinegar throughout your trip, and you just might return home without a bite.
  • Did you know that doctors always keep petroleum jelly in their house? It’s a lot cheaper than an antibiotic ointment – like Neosporin. Dab it on minor cuts, and it forms a barrier against infection – without the risk of allergic reactions associated with topical antibiotics.

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