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zinc prevents colds

A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Timing matters: If you take it at the onset of initial symptoms, every few hours as recommended, studies support either getting a reduced version or avoiding infectio ... Read More
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Dr. William Jakavick
37 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Zinc: Taking zinc through the first few days of a cold may shorten the misery of an upper respiratory infection, a new research review shows. The review als ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Rohde
35 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
Smaller doses: Zinc in lower daily doses say 12.5 to 25 mg can help prevent colds by keeping immune functions balanced. But, too much zinc can be toxic long term. In ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
It IS possible to: overdose on zinc. You took a total of 125 mg; typically symptoms occur at 200+ mg when nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, loss of appetite, headache and ... Read More
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
10 years experience Family Medicine
Calm down: Most likely you will not have any symptoms with 125 mg that you took. If at all you do feel any new symptoms then contact a physician.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
43 years experience Dermatology
Vitamin C: Vitamin c yes. Zinc when cold symptoms are coming.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
14 years experience Infectious Disease
Not really.: Acidophilus will help his digestive tract, not his ear infections nor colds. I would discuss with the doctor about iron supplementation; the body art ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Just eat a variety: If you eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables it is very likely that you will get a well balanced diet of nutrients a and minerals. The pro ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Why do you ask?: Is there a misunderstanding? Zinc protoporphyrin is a marker for iron deficiency or lead poisoning. It is not a marker for poor absorption. There are ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Zinc and COVID-19: There is no evidence zinc would reduce the chance of infection with the COVID-19 coronavirus. It's not a crazy idea: the latest evidence is that zinc ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
No evidence: There is no evidence that zinc is effective in preventing gastroenteritis. The best preventative is proper hygiene and food preparation.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
No evidence.: There is no evidence that shows that supplementing magnesium and or zinc helps prevent or treat colds or flu. Vitamin and supplement sales people wil ... Read More

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