If cold symptoms are the body’s immune response to fight a cold virus, do cold remedies that reduce symptoms hinder the body’s ability to fight off the virus and actually increase the cold’s duration?

Answered by Alan Jensen, Registered Pharmacist Many medications can be used to treat the symptoms of a cold or flu. I am going to restrict my comments to the five categories of medications found in most over the counter cold and flu remedies. They are pain and fever reducers, nasal decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants and…

Will Vitamin C help me get over my cold?

Question Answered by Tamara Cox, RN, Eastern Idaho Public Health Department Continued from last week Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a popular treatment for the common cold, whether by orange juice or in tablet form. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), vitamin C is considered “possibly effective” for treat the common cold, but is ineffective…

Will zinc and echinacea help me get over my cold?

Question Answered by Tamara Cox, RN, Eastern Idaho Public Health Department Is it feed a cold and starve a fever, or is it starve a cold and feed a fever? In the past, that was the main concern when dealing with the dreaded cold. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are over 200 different…