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How do you stop symptoms when at the early stages of a cold?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: You don't!

Sorry, but you can't really affect the duration of your cold which depends upon how many viruses you were exposed to as well as your baseline immune function/status.
With that said, there are some small studies suggesting that taking zinc might help cut off half a day to one day from the average duration. Typical otc meds can minimize symptoms but doubt can stop them.

In brief: You don't!

Sorry, but you can't really affect the duration of your cold which depends upon how many viruses you were exposed to as well as your baseline immune function/status.
With that said, there are some small studies suggesting that taking zinc might help cut off half a day to one day from the average duration. Typical otc meds can minimize symptoms but doubt can stop them.
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