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How effective are Zicam and Airborne

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
OTC medications: Over-the-counter medications appear to be helpful for some individuals. Unfortunately, some otc medications have never been proven to be effective in ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Ferrara
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
No it does not: Its never been show to be effective in a cold in clinical trials.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Colds will respond nicely to rest, and fluid administration. You might consider isolating yourself from others who can get it from you. Relief from ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience Geriatrics
Sinus infection?: Over the counter zinc-based cold remedies will not cause the symptoms that you describe. I sounds like your sinuses are producing your symptoms. You s ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Most homeopathy safe: Almost all homeopathic remedies are extremely safe & often effective though i reserve judgment on cobrynol; the main exception is low potencies of tox ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
About 80 - 83%%: If u use contraceptive film or foam as a backup then the effectiveness goes way up.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Amaya
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Questionable: Multivitamines are compounds that contens multiple vitamines the value of multivitamines are questionable because most of the food and nutricional sup ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Don't know which: medications you are referring to. Medications may help to ease some cold symptoms but they do not cure the common cold. Take care.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
It varies...: ...At least some relief of symptoms is likely, complete resolution is not.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes drops: There are over the counter allergy drops which are effective and less expensive than prescription drops. Over the counter: zaditor, alloway , zyrtec ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
27 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
Not effective: Human growth hormone is a very small peptide molecule. It is susceptible to breakdown with heat. In order to take it for conditions such as growth hor ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Maybe...: If they are prescribed by an eye care professional and are not novelty lenses, color contacts carry the same risks as clear lenses. Most important th ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience Rheumatology
Varies: Some patients say supplements are helpful such as glucosamine and chondoitin. I do not see significant relief with those medication, but i also see pa ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Lehr
53 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Better nose: Often nasal funtction is impaired when congested.This can be related to nasal inflammation from dust allergy and irriitants.Your defenses and resistan ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Schmidt
36 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Allegra vs claritin (loratadine): 3rd gen antihistamines don't penetrate BBB (blood brain barrier) hence no sedation side effect. +/- sudafed if you don't have HTN generally.... if ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Kimura
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Don't use at all!: The fda has reported cases of anosmia (loss of sense of smell) with the use of zicam. So i would recommend not using them at all.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Ambroxol is a…: Mucolytic agent, i.e., it makes mucus & sputum thinner & less viscous (sticky) & therefore more easily removed by coughing; so it is beneficial in dis ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Callahan
28 years experience Cardiology
Potassium supplement: The most effective potassium supplement is your diet and usually if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables then you will obtain all the potassium you n ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Avoid and meds: The best treatment for animal allergies is to avoid the trigger (pet dander). While antihistamines can be helpful to decrease sneezing and itching, t ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Zycam: There are two different forms of zinc that are typically included in zycam. The amount someone receives depends upon the duration and frequency of use ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Variable: Sometimes good and sometimes not.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Youy don't: Commercial advertizing tries to outdo the other guy's product. You can't trust any of them.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lemsip: This is a cold and flu treatment that has a pain reliever and a decongestant. It will help with body aches, fever and nasal stuffiness primarily. S ... Read More
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