Bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes and even gunshot wounds are all things that people think about treating when it comes to a SHTF scenario where you might not be able to just head over to the local Urgent Care facility to receive medical attention. While that makes perfect sense, given the many rough-and-tumble circumstances you could find yourself in during a SHTF situation, one of the more overlooked medical conditions that should be prepared for is infection. And the best way to treat most infections is with antibiotics. Antibiotics can be intimidating, as they are a form of medicine we currently tend to trust our doctors to prescribe us. With that being the case, not a lot of folks think about which particular antibiotic does what for your immune system. This can make it pretty hard when you’re thinking about which antibiotics you should have for your med kit in a SHTF scenario. No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out these four important antibiotics that should find their way into your doomsday medical cache.
Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that is administered specifically to fight bacteria in your body. Infections that affect the lungs and the skin can be treated by using Clarithromycin. If you or your patient encounter a situation where the harmful bacteria you’re attempting to fight off is resistant to Amoxicillin, administering Clarithromycin is the smartest next step you can take in a SHTF.
This is an antibiotic that is categorized as a nitroimidazole. Metronidazole is administered to those who are infected with parasitic or bacterial infections. That means it is great for things like treating giardia, liver abscesses, vaginal infections, abdominal infections, fungating wounds, gingivitis and things of that nature. It is a must-have in a prepper’s medical cache.
A solid go-to antibiotic for anyone fighting off bronchitis, ear infections, nose infections, throat infections, tonsillitis and sometimes even ulcers, Amoxicillin is arguably the most important antibiotic you can keep around for a SHTF. This is particularly the case if you have kids or elders added to your SHTF equation.
Grouped in a category of drugs known as fluoroquinolones, Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that is used to treat anthrax. It is also a solid antibiotic that can be administered to those who are suffering from urinary tract infections, prostate infections, pneumonia, diverticulitis and even bronchitis. It is definitely an antibiotic you want to have around in a worst-case scenario or natural disaster that renders the pharmacy inoperable or inaccessible.