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.
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.
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.
4. Uncoated aspirin
It’s not just for headaches. If you have heart attack symptoms, it could be lifesaving. Chew one and seek emergency care.
They can remove splinters, bug stingers, and glass from cuts.
If you get a blister while on the run, your feet will thank you.