Ah, the age of the internet. We have more information than ever before, but with that, we also see a lot of things passed around the internet that… well… aren’t so true. But we believe that it’s important to know the facts. That’s why we have clinical studies that demonstrate that Cold-EEZE® lozenges can shorten the length of your cold by up to 42%, when used at the first sign of a cold and as directed!
It’s important to know the truth about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to treating a cold, so that you can take the necessary measures to get better quickly and get back to your fall fun. Here are some other claims from around the internet that don’t have quite the same credibility as our clinically proven lozenges!
1. Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever
This old maxim dates all the way back to a 1574 dictionary, in which John Withals noted, “fasting is a great remedy of fever.” Nope! That’s not the case after all! Fevers are not usually associated with colds, but you should certainly “feed” both a cold and a fever. Your body needs energy to fight off illnesses, which it gets from burning calories from the food you eat. So eat up! Proper nutrition and hydration is crucial for fueling your body’s recovery.
2. Cold Weather Can Cause or Worsen a Cold
This myth is extremely common. Many folks won’t go outside in cold or damp weather when a bug is going around. A similar myth is that going outside with wet hair could contribute to the start of a cold. Both of these are false. The common cold is most often caused by a virus and has nothing to do with outside temperatures. Doctors believe that this myth stems from the fact that illnesses increase in prevalence in the winter.
However, the increase in cases of the common cold is actually due to our proximity to others in colder months! The weather itself is not the culprit. Or rather, it is, in a less direct way than you might think.
3. Flu Meds Can Clear a Cold
Common colds and flus are caused by different types of viruses, so prescribed antiviral drugs will not be effective against a cold virus. And since the common cold is caused by a virus instead of bacteria, antibiotics are typically not a proper treatment for the common cold either. In fact, misuse of some antibiotic prescription drugs for the wrong illnesses is believed to be contributing to today’s so-called “superbug problem” of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
If you have symptoms that you think may be more than a cold, let your doctor determine what you have and prescribe medication as appropriate.
4. Don’t Exercise with a Cold
Should a cold interrupt our exercise routines? Or, on the other side of the coin, is an intense workout helpful for hastening a recovery? Some experts suggest that a light exercise routine can be beneficial to temporarily relieving symptoms of a head cold, like nasal congestion.
5. If you have a cold, there’s nothing you can do except “let it run its course”
False! In addition to making sure you remain well-rested, fed, and hydrated so that your body is well positioned to recover from a cold quickly, one great thing you can do when you first start feeling the symptoms of a cold is to take Cold-EEZE every 2-4 hours! The zinc in Cold-EEZE zinc cold remedies is believed to help you shorten your cold by inhibiting the cold virus’ ability to replicate.*
Next time you have a cold, come back to this guide to help you avoid those common myths about the common cold. And remember what isn’t a myth: Cold-EEZE lozenges can shorten the length of your cold by up to 42%. Really! Just take a look here.
*Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, the Cleveland Clinic study demonstrated that Cold-EEZE lozenges significantly reduced the duration of the common cold. For more.