MY CHRISTMAS MEDICINE CABINET
◆ Paracetamol and ibuprofen – for colds, headaches and other people’s hangovers (obviously I never drink to excess!) ◆ A liquid antacid from the pharmacist – they neutralise stomach acid for short-lived but rapid relief from heartburn and indigestion. ◆ Indigestion tablets (ranitidine, omeprazole or esomeprazole) – also available from the pharmacist, they reduce stomach acid production so are more effective and long-lasting than antacids. ◆ Anti-inflammatory gel (ibuprofen or diclofenac) – they provide similar pain relief to tablets for strained and aching muscles, but don’t cause the same side effects, such as indigestion. ◆ Cystitis relief sachets – if you’re running around over Christmas and don’t drink enough fluids, dehydration can make you prone to cystitis. ◆ Tweezers – for splinters. (I’ve rescued holly berries from children’s nostrils too, but this requires blunt-ended forceps). ◆ Clingfilm – layered loosely over significant burns (never wrapped tightly); it is a clean, non-stick wrapper while you get medical help.