What Works Best For Fighting Colds?


DOCTORS SAY THAT’S AN IMPORTANT POINT SINCE BREAST CANCER OFTEN HAPPENS IN WOMEN OVER 60s. ESTROGEN SURGED — SURGES DURING PREGNANCY MAY BE A FACTOR. COLD SEASON IS IN FULL SWING AND FINDING THE RIGHT MEDICINE CAN BE CONFUSING AND EVEN DANGEROUS. THOUSANDS AND UP IN THE AR — ER AFTER TAKING TOO MANY MEDICINES. WHAT WORKS FOR A COLD? LAST YEAR, HEATHER BROWN ASKS A PHARMACIST. Reporter: THERE IS A LOT OF COLD MEDICINE. IT’S OVERWHELMING. Reporter: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO TAKE? I THINK PART OF IT HAS BEEN TRIAL AND ERROR. Reporter: WHAT WORKS FOR YOU? COUGH DROPS AND COLD PILLS. Reporter: THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO INTERVIEW SOMEONE WITH A COLD. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? MY FIRST PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD BE TO PREVENT IT. Reporter: JOHN ASH IS A PHARMACIST. YOU CAN DO THAT BY KEEPING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG. SLEEP WELL, EAT WELL AND ADD VITAMIN D. DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY YOUR VITAMIN D TANK IS ON E. Reporter: BUT IF YOU DO CATCH A VIRUS. I TRY TO START USING ZINC RIGHT AWAY. IT SEEMS TO WORK. Reporter: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN ZINC CAN SHORTEN THE COLD IF YOU TAKE IT EARLY. A U OF M INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST SAYS VITAMIN C HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. PRIMARILY WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS TRYING TO PREVENT THIS FROM BECOMING A BALL OF MUCK. DECONGESTANTS CAN REALLY WORK WELL TO KEEP ALL THAT MOVING. USUALLY, IF I AM CONGESTED I REALLY LIKE SUDAFED. Reporter: THE SUDAFED BEHIND THE COUNTER. YOU HAVE TO SIGN FOR IT. BUT IT WORKS THE BEST. IT’S ONLY FOR ADULTS AND LIMIT DECONGESTANT SPRAYS TO A FEW DAYS. KEVIN ON TWITTER SAYS HIS DOCTOR RECOMMENDS MUCINEX. IT BREAKS UP THE MUCUS. YOU’VE GOT TO BE PUSHING A LOT OF FLUIDS IF YOU ARE USING PRODUCTS LIKE MUCINEX BECAUSE WITHOUT FLUID, IT DOESN’T WORK WELL. Reporter: AS FOR THE MULTI SYMPTOM MEDICATIONS. I ACTUALLY TAKE ALKA-SELTZER COLD. I AM NOT A FAN OF THE COMBO PRODUCTS BECAUSE THERE IS AN INGREDIENT FOR TWO MOST THE TIME YOU DON’T NEED. YOU’RE BETTER OFF TAKING THE THINGS YOU SPECIFICALLY NEED, AND YOU CAN TAKE THEM WHEN YOU NEED THEM, AS WELL. NOW, I’M DONE, RIGHT? Reporter: I WISH I COULD SAY THAT. HEATHER BROWN, WCCO 4 NEWS. FLUIDS AND SLEEP ARE ALWAYS THE BEST BET. DON’T BE SHY ABOUT ASKING A PHARMACIST OR DOCTOR TO HELP YOU SORT THROUGH THE

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