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 itís 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. Thatís 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 Ė like crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, and extreme sweating Ė 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 itís a great natural bug bite remedy because it neutralizes the venom. Simply dab some on a bite to eliminate painful stinging and itching Ė Apple cider vinegar will work too. And if youíre going camping, or somewhere you know youíll be bitten Ė 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? Itís a lot cheaper than an antibiotic ointment Ė like Neosporin. Dab it on minor cuts, and it forms a barrier against infection Ė without the risk of allergic reactions associated with topical antibiotics.

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Meredith McKenna