Do cold prevention sprays really work?

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Do cold prevention sprays really work?
« on: 07/01/2010 22:47:48 »
I've just sprayed a cold prevention medicine up my nose as I feel like I'm coming down with one. Do they really work and if so how?
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« Reply #1 on: 09/01/2010 19:38:28 »
Yes I'd like to know this also. Usually the active ingredient in most cold sprays is a certain percentage of Zinc. I've heard mixed results but the majority say it's no more effective than a placebo. So is Zinc beneficial???????
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« Reply #2 on: 09/01/2010 22:24:25 »
There's a bit of a stink brewing about zinc. Apparently, a lot of people claim to have lost their sense of smell after using these products. Here's a link to the US FDA News Release

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm167065.htm
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« Reply #3 on: 10/01/2010 20:23:16 »
My sense of smell has been going for quite some time. I do take vit c and zinc tablets in the winter. Maybe that's it. We really need a pharmacist on this site. Come on Chris, this is a Question for the podcast.
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« Reply #4 on: 11/01/2010 03:36:06 »
I hope you're not sticking zinc tablets up the nose! Now that would definitely effect your sense of smell.

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« Reply #5 on: 11/01/2010 17:28:38 »
If I stick them elsewhere will it stop other smells!!!!?
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