The cold virus is already going around. Many people have unique preventative measures as well remedies to avoid and cure the common cold. But do they really work or is it just in your head? Our Iris St. Meran went to the pharmacy to get their best recommendations.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sometimes when you take precautions, you can still catch a cold. And almost everyone you ask has their own way of getting and staying well.
"I don't use any cold medicines. I just use natural things like iced tea or hot tea," said Nick Papatonis.
Ten-year-old Arianna Caron said, "I always have hand sanitizer connected to my backpack just in case."
"I try to take at least 1000 to 2000 milligrams of vitamin C tablets," said Kathy Lipschutz said.
She's onto something. Pharmacists say there is evidence that products containing Vitamin C and Zinc can shorten the duration of a cold as well as boost your immune system. But they work best at the first sign of an illness.
Kinney Drugs Staff Pharmacist Philip Zoccolillo said, "If you're three or four days into a cold and you're feeling really lousy at that point, the zinc, the vitamin C, those combos don't do too much for you at that point because you're cold is going to run its course."
There is a lot of medication to choose from. The pharmacist says when picking a medication to actually read the label so you're taking something that treats the symptoms that you have.
"If you're having a runny nose, you want to take an antihistamine, if you have a stuffy nose you want to take a decongestant.” Zoccolillo added. “Some of these products have decongestant, antihistamine, cough suppressant, sleep aid, pain reliever. If you don't have all those symptoms, you don't necessarily need to take all that at once."
Zoccolillo says preventative measures like getting enough rest and washing your hands can also help. There's a proper way to cough and sneeze.
That will help you and those around stay as healthy and cold free as possible.
If you have specific questions about your condition or what to take, consult your doctor or pharmacist.