I have a lot of patients ask my advice for treating colds. And even though they’re common, the list of possible treatments is uncommonly long. Well, here’s what the best research recommends.
High doses of Vitamin C may reduce the severity and length of a cold. The same goes for zinc lozenges, but only if used within twenty-four hours of the first symptoms.
Pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen help reduce pain, and of course, you know I’m going to say get lots of rest and drink plenty of water.
Many people take honey, drink hot liquids, or use humidifiers. And while there’s no harm in any of these, research doesn’t show they’re truly effective.
You may have a family remedy you swear by, and that’s okay, as long as it’s safe. There is no single treatment that that puts the kibosh on colds.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu
- Researchers look into best ways to prevent colds
- Passing Colds Around
- Run from a Cold
- Vitamin D does not prevent colds
- Being a parent helps protect against the common cold
- Research suggests zinc may shorten common colds for adults
- Only SOME zinc supplements have the dose proven to shorten colds
- High-dose zinc lozenges reduces duration of cold symptoms (not low dose)
- Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when
- Cold and Flu Old Wives’ Tales Debunked
- Probiotics may be an effective remedy for colds
- If you’re going to take echinacea for the common cold …
- What Natural Medications are Possibly Effective for the Common Cold?
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