Zinc in Cold

A recent article in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association ) concluded that Zinc lozenges were not effective in the treatment of colds in children and adolescents.

Is there any cold for the common cold?
Not yet.

Should a patient take antibiotics?
No. As you may know, antibiotics will not help the common cold, and overuse of antibiotics can lead to resistance of bacteria.

What can a person take?
Drink plenty of fluids. Take acetominophen and decongestanta/antihistamine combinations as needed for sympton relief. Be careful taking decongestants or antihistamines if you have uncontrolled hypertension, thyroid disease or prostate problems.

Aslo some recent studies have shown that mild to moderate exercise will lesson cold symptons and shorten the length of cold.



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