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12/27/07-Tyler

Do All Those Cold Remedies Really Help Your Cold

Coughing, sneezing, and the runny nose--this time of year, the cold and flu season is definitely in full force. 

Melynda Green of Canton said so far, she hasn't caught a cold, but her son has, which is why she was on the medicine aisle looking for some cold medicine.  "I expect that it will come my way soon," she said.

For many people, expecting a cold, means heading to pharmacy, for the remedies which promise to ease their symptoms and help them get over their sniffles.  But before you head down the aisle, medical experts believe there are some things you should know. 

"Many of these products including, Vitamin C, are supposed to boost your immune system," said Mark Anderson with Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.  "They may make you feel better, but they've not been proven to reduce the duration of a cold."  He said things like Vitamin C and echinacea--cold remedies many people believe help prevent and treat their colds--actually have no real impact.  

"Tylenol, Ibuprofen, decongestants, and medications like Sudafed, Mucinex, over-the-counter cough medicines help alleviate some of the symptoms," he said. 

Anderson said getting adequate sleep, exercising, a balanced diet and trying to prevent contact with someone with a cold actually works better in preventing cold symptoms.

And that's simple enough, to keep the cold and flu bug from biting this season.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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