Five things to forget about adding to a summer home pharmacy

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With the advent of warm summer weather, people often go to the pharmacy to replenish their stocks of sunscreen and mosquito repellent. In addition to them, Karoli Patte, the pharmacist of the Heart Pharmacy, also recommends paying attention to some of the surprising products that are a great help in a summer home pharmacy.

Before rushing to a pharmacy, you should first review what is already available in your home pharmacy and which previously purchased health products or medicines have exceeded their shelf life during the winter. They should be taken to the nearest pharmacy where the medicine will be disposed of properly. It would then be possible to check for the presence of basic items such as patches, dressings, wound disinfectants, painkillers and charcoal tablets. In addition, various gels, products that relieve insect bites and allergies, and even cold medicines are consumed in the summer.

Anti-burn gel

Although there are many anti-burn gels available in pharmacies, many doctors and pharmacists recommend products that contain tea tree oil. Anti-burn gels are used as a first aid for first, second and third degree burns (including sunburn) and prevent the spread of damage to deeper tissues, relieve pain, disinfect, moisturize and cool the skin. Suitable for use by the whole family, non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. For milder burns, gels containing aloe vera can be used, which can also be purchased from a pharmacy in a package suitable for travel.

Cold gel

In warm weather, people play more sports and are more physically active, so there are more injuries. Cold gels reduce swelling in the event of stretch marks, tears and soft tissue injuries, and are also suitable as a local adjunct to various inflammations and muscle tensions. There should be a cooler bag in the refrigerator all year round that can be used for injuries if needed. It should be borne in mind that the bag taken from the freezer should not be placed directly on the skin but should be covered with a cloth or towel beforehand. The advantage of a cold gel over a cold bag is that you don’t have to have a refrigerator nearby to get the right effect, and you can take a small tube with you to an outdoor event, for example.


Although allergy symptoms can occur at any time of the year, they are the most difficult in the summer. The pharmacy can provide you with anti-allergic tablets, creams, eye drops and nasal sprays. In case of severe allergies, the choice should be made in consultation with the family doctor, but in any case there could be a pack of anti-allergy tablets in every home. Those with known severe reactions to bee and wasp stings can obtain over-the-counter hydrocortisone tablets, which should be taken within two hours and are suitable for both children and adults, to relieve pain, swelling, redness and itching. Adverse reactions and the exact dosing schedule should be discussed with your pharmacist in advance.

Insect bite relief products

Mosquitoes and marshes, which are becoming more and more “vicious” every year, are a concern for everyone who gets into nature during the summer. The pharmacy offers a wide range of products specially designed for insect bites, which reduce skin irritation. The main active ingredients in these products are tea tree oil, aluminum chloride, allantoin and aloe vera. For ease of use, relief can be obtained in the form of a gel, cream or pen.

Throat lozenges

You should also check your stock of lozenges and sprays for sore throats. In summer, a long drive or a sore throat due to one long drive and air conditioning is enough on a hot day. The selection of lozenges is wide and the effects are different, you can find natural lozenges with moisturizing effect, anti-pain and anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as lozenges that promote the recovery of vocal cords.

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