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6 First-Aid Essentials in Your Purse

  • September 5, 2011
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6 First-Aid Essentials in Your Purse

Have these 6 bag essentials on hand and in a pinch, they could could save your health.

By Laura Schocker and Lauren Gelman, Prevention

Raise your hand if you never seem to have what you need for health crises, big or small. Prep your trusty tote with these essentials from emergency physicians Melissa Barton, MD, and Lee Benjamin, MD.

1. Superglue

It can help heal a shallow cut. Align the skin edges together, rub a thin layer of glue over them, and hold for 30 seconds.

2. A tea bag

For split lips, press a damp black tea bag to the area. Its tannins help halt bleeding in mouth and gum tissue.

Try these other bizarre home remedies that actually work.

3. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Dole out a drop when you’re in a germy situation and need clean hands, such as before eating at a mall food court.

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11:33AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

7:51PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Need to put a few "extras" such as these in my bag. Thanks for the info!

8:32AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thank you

12:25AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


9:54PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

ty, shared with my mom and sister

9:54PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

ty, shared with my mom and sister

9:54PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

ty, shared with my mom and sister

2:37PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012


2:07PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Here's a quick video on purse essentials I find I need today

5:44AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Is it safe to use super glue ? isn't it oxic?

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