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As adults in the working world, we often find ourselves turning a blind eye to everyday sickness, aches and pains. But it’s important that we address these. Sometimes this means taking the time to make an appointment with your GP to identify the cause of health problems. But sometimes it just means getting a little more organized in your day to day life and making the most of the products that are there to help us. Here are a few products that will banish those minor health woes.


Tiger Balm


Tiger balm is a combination of camphor (a mild pain reliever) and menthol (mint oil extract), which is used as a mild pain relief for muscle and joint pains. As the name suggests, it takes the form of a balm, which is rubbed into the target area. When you first try it out, do a test patch on a small area of your skin and leave for twenty-four hours to check for any adverse reactions. If there are none, you’re good to go! Use as directed on the label or by your GP.


Heat Packs


Most women will spend their “time of the month” experiencing stomach cramps, and many will only be able to name ibuprofen as a form of relief. But there are also heat packs. You experience pain from stomach cramps as your muscles are involuntarily tensing up. Heat packs can help to soothe your muscles and can also be worn discreetly under your shirt if you are at work or in public. If you’re at home and don’t have any heat packs available to you, a hot water bottle will have the same effect.


Support Sleeves


If you are suffering from joint weakness or pain, a support sleeve is a product you should invest in. There are sorts of sleeves, designed specifically for different areas of the body: elbows, knees, wrists and ankles. There are also numerous sites out there that review these products, for example, For-Knees. Have a read over opinions and recommendations to find the best support product for you. If in doubt, consult your GP.


Eye Drops


If you suffer from allergies such as hay fever, it’s a good idea to keep some eye drops on hand. Should you find your eyes beginning to itch or run throughout the day, antihistamine eye drops can set the problem right immediately. They will soothe irritated eyes and only take up a tiny amount of space in your bag.


Antiseptic Wipes and Band-Aids


You never know when you might find yourself with a minor injury. Small cuts and grazes may seem irrelevant, but it is important to clean them and dress them properly. Any break in the skin leaves you prone to infection, so it is important to give even the smallest of cuts a thorough clean. Antiseptic wipes are available in individually wrapped packets so that you can keep at least one in your bag at all times. Band-aids or sticking plasters are small too, so there is no excuse to carry them with you.

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