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Alternative Treatments for Colds
Alternative treatments claim to either prevent colds or reduce the severity and length of time of symptoms. Some of the major treatments are zinc compounds, vitamin C, and echinacea supplements. Although there are some publications on these compounds, many clinicians consider the results inconclusive. Others suggest if the compounds are not used to excess, they may be helpful. Studies in 2012 suggested zinc may reduce symptoms by about one to two days but may produce a metallic taste or cause hearing difficulties. Some doctors suggest that the side effects are not worth the one to two days of reduced or absent symptoms. Check with your physician before using these treatments.
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