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Does chicken soup actually help fight a cold?
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Possibly....
In addition to my colleague's answers, one theory about why chicken soup seems to help with colds is not so much the soup but the steam from the soup helped with the clearing of the nasal passages.
Just a theory......

In brief: Possibly....
In addition to my colleague's answers, one theory about why chicken soup seems to help with colds is not so much the soup but the steam from the soup helped with the clearing of the nasal passages.
Just a theory......
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
The common cold, given its viral etiology, will resolve no matter what you do.
Chicken soup, like any warm soup for that matter, helps your symptoms but does nothing for the actual infection.

In brief: No
The common cold, given its viral etiology, will resolve no matter what you do.
Chicken soup, like any warm soup for that matter, helps your symptoms but does nothing for the actual infection.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
In brief: Probably
While no one has done the perfect study on this, randomizing people to groups with and without soup and blinding them as to which therapy they get, there are many anecdotal studies showing a shorter duration and reduced intensity of symptoms of cold sufferers who eat chicken soup while sick.
It is not clear why this works.

In brief: Probably
While no one has done the perfect study on this, randomizing people to groups with and without soup and blinding them as to which therapy they get, there are many anecdotal studies showing a shorter duration and reduced intensity of symptoms of cold sufferers who eat chicken soup while sick.
It is not clear why this works.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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