A First Aid Kit for Winter Germs

Viruses and infectious diseases run rampant throughout the winter months.

4 min readDec 4, 2022


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The holidays are always such a special time. But, unfortunately, when the holidays roll around, they’re not alone.

Viruses and infectious diseases run rampant throughout the holiday season and winter months.

With that said, I have devised how to create a First Aid kit for contagious diseases such as the flu, Covid-19, and the common cold.

Pain Relievers.

Pain relievers are excellent items to keep in your household. For instance, acetaminophen, naproxen, or ibuprofen can help reduce a fever and ease body aches.

However, it would be best always to be mindful when taking Tylenol and NSAIDs because too much can cause serious side effects. Especially for people who have hypertension, kidney disease, or diabetes.

You can try aspirin, but don’t give it to kids. Studies have shown that aspirin is linked to children’s life-threatening condition called Reye’s syndrome.

Other Meds.

  • Decongestant nose sprays and drops
  • Decongestant balms
  • Liquid cough medicine or drops
  • Zinc lozenges

Decongestant nose sprays and drops:

When taking decongestant nose sprays or drops, look for ones that contain phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine as the main active ingredient.

That’s because phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine help reduce swelling in your nose, which helps you breathe better.

Decongestant balms:

In many decongestant balms, the ingredient is menthol, which gives off a cooling sensation that tricks the brain into thinking it is easier to breathe.

Rub a decongestant balm like Vicks VapoRub on your neck, then wrap a warm, dry washcloth around it.

Liquid cough medicine or drops:

Cough medicines or drops with dextromethorphan help with a dry cough, while those with guaifenesin can alleviate a wet cough.




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