As we head into the cough and cold season, I thought this post might be of interest. Especially since acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs or “colds”) are the most common reason people seek medical care in the U.S. It’s said there are up to one billion colds reported in the U.S. each year. Now there’s another option for trying to prevent them.
Archives for posts tagged ‘common cold treatment’
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
High-dose, but NOT low-dose, zinc lozenges shorten the duration of the common cold, according to the results of a meta-analysis reported in The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
In a couple of past blogs, FDA: Skip OTC remedies to treat colds in young children and Cold medicines and children: a dangerous mix? I’ve warned parents about the dangers of using over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications in children. However, many parents have missed the memo.
Monday, 21 March 2011
The Boston Globe reported that the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend giving children under age four “any sort of over-the-counter cold remedy” because of the possibility of “potentially life-threatening side effects.”
Monday, 14 March 2011
In a recent blog, “Echinacea demonstrates little benefit in treating common cold,” I told you about new research suggesting echinacea is NOT effective for reducing cold symptoms.
Friday, 11 February 2011
Long-time readers of this blog know how much I trust, how often I recommend, and how often I use in my practice the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. This trustworthy and evidence-based website (requires subscription) rates natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) for a wide variety of indications.
Friday, 11 February 2011
In my book, Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely I write, “Millions of people take echinacea because they’re convinced it works to combat the common cold, for which there of course, is no cure.”
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
One of the most common questions I get during my live radio interviews around the country is about the difference between colds and sinus infections and how to treat them. I hope this information will be helpful for you and your family.
Monday, 15 December 2008
Cold viruses are stubborn germs that need both coaxing – and time – to get out of your system. So you might need some help while you’re feeling under the weather. And it need not come from the pharmacy or medicine cabinet. That’s where the time-honored tradition of folk medicine comes into play in cultures and countries both here and abroad – including a recent addition to the home medicine category – a half a cup of a hot apple and black currant “fruit cordial” to drink.
Monday, 9 June 2008
Vitamin and mineral supplements are, of course, a staple of a lot of people’s lives. But a report from CBS News suggests that some are not only unnecessary, but could be dangerous.