The most common medical devices one should have at home for handling common sickness or well being:
- Thermometer. Using a thermometer to check your temperature can help manage illness. Call your health provider if you have a temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher. This could be a sign of infection and should be treated right away.
- Blood pressure monitor. A blood pressure monitor, otherwise known as sphygmomanometer, is used to measure blood pressure.
- Glucometer (for those who are tracking their sugar levels). A glucometer is a medical device used to help you monitor sugar levels in the blood. They will also help you keep track of it on a regular basis.
- Weight scale
- Steam inhalers. Also called steam therapy, it involves the inhalation of water vapor. The warm, moist air is thought to work by loosening the mucus in the nasal passages, throat, and lungs. This may relieve symptoms of inflamed, swollen blood vessels in your nasal passages.