BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. (WXYZ) – Garlic, ginger, hot babies. These could be your ways to get over a cold, but it won't "cure" a cold.
Dr. Angela Xavier, Beaumont's primary care doctor, compares these remedies with taking a Tylenol, helping only with the symptom in question.
"Home remedies help you breathe better, they help you sleep at night, but it doesn't really affect the course of the disease," said Dr. Xavier.
There is one thing that studies show can shorten a cold: zinc. While vitamin C has not been shown to help the average person, Dr. Xavier says it can help those who manage stress while fighting the cold.
"Studies have shown that people who are very stressed, either physically or emotionally when they catch a cold, vitamin C helps, so vitamin C and zinc together is a safe bet," said Dr. Xavier.
A remedy that could cause more harm than help? The use of a humidifier at night. When you have a cold, it may make it worse.
“Once you have a cold, having a humidifier could make you feel more congested. In addition, with the humidifiers it is very, very important to clean it, remove it, dry it completely before refilling it, since it can develop mold, ”said Dr. Xavier.
While most home remedies do not heal, Dr. Xavier recommends following them. She says that at least they provide comfort while they rest to feel better.
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