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What about zinc lozenges reduces duration and severity of the cold?

What about zinc lozenges reduces duration and severity of the cold?

HMM!!: There is significant variability in the results from research on the impact of zinc on the common cold. Some studies showed no effect and others showed benefit if taken the first day of symptom onset. Do not take zinc intranasally due to the potential for loss of sense of smell. ...Read more

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Is using 3-year-old zinc lozenges dangerous?

Is using 3-year-old zinc lozenges dangerous?

Choking hazard: It's a serious choking hazard! Please don't give lozenges to a 3 yr old. ...Read more

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I have a cough and take lozenges, will it be helped if I take another medication?

I have a cough and take lozenges, will it be helped if I take another medication?

Possibly...: You need to see your doctor. Possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these has a different treatment, besides losenges. So, see your doctor so the proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take zinc and magnesium supplements while on psychiatric medications?

Is it okay for me to take zinc and magnesium supplements while on psychiatric medications?

Zinc and magnesium: Zinc and magnesium are necessary minerals that should be in food, but these days is often there in lesser amounts than we need. Yes, it's fine to supplement, although food is best. ...Read more

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Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?

Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?

Hair loss Mg, Fe, Zn: 43 F from NY asks:Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion? ANS: not very likely. Your own Dr can best answer this complex question (cause of hair loss). ...Read more

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My motherinlaw is allergic to Bactrim Sulfa drugs. They have her zinc sulfate and she broke out in rash. I thought sulfate was different. Why rash?

My motherinlaw is allergic to Bactrim Sulfa drugs. They have her zinc sulfate and she broke out in rash. I thought sulfate was different. Why rash?

New allergy: You are correct that there is not a relationship between sulfa and sulfate, but some patients can develop an allergy to other things, or the rash is unrelated to the zinc sulfate. Rashes really need to be seen to be accurately diagnosed. ...Read more

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What are exogenous growth hormones? Could I have taken them w/o realizing it in supps like zinc or cal mag or in clomid (clomiphene) or fertility drugs for IUIs?

What are exogenous growth hormones? Could I have taken them w/o realizing it in supps like zinc or cal mag or in clomid (clomiphene) or fertility drugs for IUIs?

Well: Endogenous hormones or what is your body makes. Exogenous hormones are ones that you take in pill form or injections or supplements these should be always supervised by a doctor ...Read more

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Are expired zinc tablets okay?

Zinc: Zinc, a mineral does not go "bad" and if tablets in cool and dry environment they are good for much longer than expiration date. ...Read more

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What happens if you get too much zinc?

What happens if you get too much zinc?

Acute Zinc Toxicity: Can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea headache, irritability, lethargy & dizziness. Other problems can arise with chronic zinc toxicity. ...Read more

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How does zinc affect skin?

How does zinc affect skin?

Zinc: Zinc is also applied to the skin for treating acne, aging skin, herpes simplex infections, and to speed wound healing. ...Read more

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What does zinc do for skin?

What does zinc do for skin?

May be helpful: Zinc can help maintain the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes. Patients with chronic leg ulcers have abnormal zinc metabolism and low serum zinc levels, and clinicians frequently treat skin ulcers with zinc supplements. The authors of a systematic review concluded that zinc sulfate might be effective for treating leg ulcers in some patients who have low serum zinc levels. ...Read more

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Can fixodent powder have zinc in it?

Ingredients: Read the label. That depends upon where and when the fixodent was manufactered. I believe this was an issue some time ago, but resolved. ...Read more

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How much zinc is used to make sunblock?

Zinc Oxide: Zinc (physical) sunblocks come in many formats with many different concentrations of zinc. I do recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. ...Read more

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Does zinc work against the common cold?

Does zinc work against the common cold?

Yes: Technically, it does - a recent review of zinc has shown it to be effective in shortening the common cold, but its use was limited by intolerable side effects. Given the common cold will resolve in a few days no matter what you do, trying zinc and risking the side effects might just not be worth it. ...Read more

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Can using zinc fight off a common cold?

Can using zinc fight off a common cold?

Yes: Buy Zicam tablets and start taking them according to the directions as soon as cold symptoms start. ...Read more

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Does zinc tablet helps preventing cold?

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 infection with some common viral infections. ...Read more

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Can I rub zinc oinment on my herpes sores?

Herpes simplex: Yes, zinc is not going to cure it, but might make it less tender. ...Read more

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Can taking the surbex zinc can get you fat?

It shouldn't: Surbex Z is simply a vitamin supplement. These have not been shown to affect weight. ...Read more

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Can zinc and trientine be used in combination?  

Can zinc and trientine be used in combination?  

Yes: Trientine is used in wilson's disease (a rare copper storage disease) to chelate (bind) copper. Zinc is a trace element, dietary supplement with many alleged benefits that are unproved except in zinc deficiency. There is no reported interaction between the two. ...Read more

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How to meet your need for zinc as a vegetarian?

How to meet your need for zinc as a vegetarian?

Many foods: Wheat germ, spinach, pumpkin seeds, cashews, and dark baking chocolate are some of the foods that are high in zinc. You could also take a zinc supplement. ...Read more

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Can overuse of phyrnx lozenges causes diarrhoea?

Can overuse of phyrnx lozenges causes diarrhoea?

Sure but consider...: Lots of things can cause GI distress/diarrhea--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more

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I think I may have zinc poisoning what should I do?

I think I may have zinc poisoning what should I do?

Call the doctor...: If one is taking more than the recommended daily amount of zinc as a supplement, and gets some ill-feeling symptoms, she can call her doctor for an evaluation. She can stop the zinc until her doctor checks out the situation. For severe zinc poisonings, one should go to the E.R., as should be done for any serious type of poisonings. At the E.R., an exam, blood tests, and other testing can be done. ...Read more

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Is it possible that zinc cause a stop in body odor?

Is it possible that zinc cause a stop in body odor?

Don't try it: Taking zinc tablets isn't going to make your armpits smell any better. Your job is at risk if you stink, and they will fire you without telling you why. The 'pop' claim that mainstream deodorants are terrible for you was made up by crooks. ...Read more

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What does too much zinc from fixodent do to someone?

Possible neurologiic: Though not proven it is thought to cause possible neurologic damage. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have zinc poisoning. : (help?

Poison Control: Acute zinc poisoning? You can call this national poison control hotline 24/7 for guidance: 1-800-222-1222 ...Read more

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What dosage of zinc should be taken to prevent colds?

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 an acute situation with a cold that has started 25 mg in lozenge form slowly dissolved in the mouth can shorten a colds duration and severity. The lozenge route is only one that works well as this is a local mucosal event, pills don't work well. ...Read more