Hot Tips for the Common Cold - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

Hot Tips for the Common Cold

Posted: Updated:

We all know the symptoms: a sore throat sneezing and a runny nose. Colds are all too common this time of year.

But a new review from the Canadian Medical Association contains tips on how we can fight back. 

The researchers looked at results from 67 trials and found that good old fashioned hand washing may be the best way to prevent catching a cold. 

Studies in children found that those taking zinc had fewer colds than other kids. 

The researchers say that adults may benefit as well.

Probiotics may be helpful to ward off colds but vitamin c the "gold standard" of cold fighters did not seem to help the average patient nor did echinacea. 

So what helps if you do get sick? Medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen help relieve the aches and pains but they will not make the cold go away any quicker. And almost all colds are caused by viruses so taking antibiotics is not recommended.

Cold symptoms usually go away in about 7 to 10 days. 

If you aren't getting relief by then see your doctor it may be more than a cold. 

  • Kristen Remington's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • GOP Senate Health Bill Would Cut Medicaid, End ACA Tax Increases

    GOP Senate Health Bill Would Cut Medicaid, End ACA Tax Increases

    Thursday, June 22 2017 9:19 AM EDT2017-06-22 13:19:50 GMT

    Top Senate Republicans plan to release a health care bill Thursday that would do away with the individual mandate, taxes and cut back the expansion of Medicaid, although at a slower rate than the House-passed bill.

    More >>

    Top Senate Republicans plan to release a health care bill Thursday that would do away with the individual mandate, taxes and cut back the expansion of Medicaid, although at a slower rate than the House-passed bill.

    More >>
  • Fox Trot Walk for Parkinson's

    Fox Trot Walk for Parkinson's

    Thursday, June 22 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-06-22 04:04:16 GMT

    June 21st is the longest day of the year and it is dedicated to folks battling brain diseases that fall under the dementia umbrella. Meet a northern Nevada man who encourages you to join him in raising money to find a cure for Parkinson's in Health Watch.

    More >>

    June 21st is the longest day of the year and it is dedicated to folks battling brain diseases that fall under the dementia umbrella. Meet a northern Nevada man who encourages you to join him in raising money to find a cure for Parkinson's in Health Watch.

    More >>
  • Washoe County Residents Encouraged to 'Go Purple' for Alzheimer's Awareness

    Washoe County Residents Encouraged to 'Go Purple' for Alzheimer's Awareness

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 9:56 AM EDT2017-06-21 13:56:08 GMT

    Washoe County residents are encouraged to "go purple" as part of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

    More >>

    Washoe County residents are encouraged to "go purple" as part of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.