Late Spring Cold? Here's What Works
This isn’t traditional cold season in the U.S., but summer colds are a bummer. If you’ve got one, you want to get well as soon as possible. But what can help?
Consumer Reports reviewed the effectiveness of many of your grandmother’s traditionally recommended treatments. It recommends at least taking a stab at most of the options to see what works for you.
Chicken soup? Sure – it may help make it easier to breathe.
A hot drink? Sure – some find it soothing on a sore throat.
Honey? Sure – CR hints it’s probably as effective as over-the-counter medications.
A dietary supplement? That’s a bridge too far, Consumer Reports finds.
“Supplements are not thoroughly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration; as a result, researchers can’t draw firm conclusions from data,” it finds. Supplements may also interact with other drugs in unexpected ways.
No word, though, on whether you should really feed a fever or starve a cold.