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FALL 2016

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h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2016 } 25 SCRAPES AND SPLINTERS For cuts and scratches, stock up on Band-Aids, antiseptic cleansers (Hibiclens, Betadine), antibiotic ointment (Neosporin), gauze bandages, adhesive pads (Telfa), and liquid bandage (Nu Skin). To remove ticks, insect stingers, and splinters, have a magnifying glass and tweezers on hand. DIGESTIVE ISSUES To settle intermittent indigestion, take a fast-acting antacid (Tums, Maalox, Rolaids, Mylanta), which neutralizes stomach acids. For more chronic heartburn, turn to preventatives like H2-receptor antagonists (Zantac, Pepcid) or proton-pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid), which can ward off flare-ups before they start. "They aren't quick-acting for heartburn, but if pizza causes a flare-up and you and your family are going out for a pie, take one in advance," says Hammond. (Just be sure to have a doctor rule out any serious causes of ongoing discomfort.) For an upset stomach, turn to bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol, Kaopectate). Basically a form of anti-inflammatory related to aspirin, it works by calming inflammation in the stomach. (Don't be alarmed: black-colored stool is a common side effect of the medication, but it's no cause for concern.) Though that same pink stuff can be useful for occasional diarrhea, loperamide (Imodium) tends to be more effective. (If the diarrhea is chronic or accompanied by a fever, visit your doctor as there may be an underlying cause needing treatment.) For constipation, use bulk-forming laxatives like Metamucil, or stimulant laxatives such as ex-lax or Dulcolax, which promote muscular movement of the bowels. ALLERGIES Fend off allergies by using antihistamines that block the sneeze-inducing chemical histamine, which our bodies release in response to environmental factors such as pollen. "Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is the gold standard, but causes drowsiness," says Hammond. Fexofenadine (Allegra), loratadine (Claritin), and cetirizine (Zyrtec) aren't supposed to make you sleepy, but Dr. Detar notes that pilots aren't permitted to take the latter when flying, so it may have some sedative effects. In addition to one of these antihistamines, you may want to try saline spray and a humidifier or vaporizer for dry, stuffy nasal passages, as well as drops for itchy eyes (Dr. Detar recommends Naphcon-A or Alaway). Even if you don't suffer from allergies, stash Benadryl in the case of a severe allergic reaction to an insect bite or food; the medication can be taken for immediate relief before heading to the doctor or hospital. "When you store medicine, use a failure-mode approach. Rather than assuming you've found a safe spot, ask yourself what exists to make the space unsafe then address those issues." —DOUG HAMMOND P H O T O G R A P H B Y K R I S T I N A V E R R I N G T O N Doug Hammond

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