if they start sucking on zinc lozenges at the very first symptom of a cold, a full-blown common cold
does not manifest.
A The answer to this lies in a common misconception - the common cold
isn't just one virus, it is caused by more than 200 different viruses that change and mutate constantly, making it almost impossible to find a "catch-all" cure.
Though many people believe vitamin C combats the common cold
, studies have found only minimal benefit, shaving a half-day to a day off the duration of the cold.
Although a stuffy nose can occur in other conditions, like the common cold
, many people confuse simple nasal congestion with sinusitis.
Rhinoviruses are the most common cause of acute upper respiratory tract infections (ARTI) or the common cold
For treating the common cold
, zinc lozenges are dissolved slowly in the mouth.
Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold
Centre, said: "Echinacea is a traditional medicine that has a very long history for treating infection, back to the native North American Indians.
It compared the effects of a commercially produced cordial apple and blackcurrant drink either "hot" or at room temperature in 30 volunteers with common cold
The researchers infected mice with encephalomyelitis virus, a member of a family of aggressive viruses that include those responsible for the common cold
, polio, and hepatitis A.
According to popular folklore, it has long been held that chilling the surface of the body through, for example, wet clothes and feet, can cause common cold
symptoms to develop.
Participants used a five-point scale to assess their health and recorded any common cold
infections and symptoms in a daily diary.
The supplement may represent a cure for the common cold