Colds are prevalent in the months of winter, and many ways have been recorded to help treat and prevent a cold. However, not all methods of preventing or getting rid of a cold are fact.
There are more than two-hundred cold-causing viruses that cause over one billion cases of the common cold within the United States each year. Knowing what is myth or fact about the common cold may help to prevent catching it this winter. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend to get a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months and older to help protect against the virus.
Myth: Vitamin C Prevents Cold Symptoms
When patients feel a common cold coming on, it is not uncommon for others to suggest increasing levels of vitamin C. However, it is known that vitamin C will not relieve or cure a cold, but it may shorten the duration of the sickness. A study found that the common cold’s duration time was reduced by eight percent in adults and a thirteen percent in children. Therefore, if a patient is already suffering from the symptoms of a cold, taking vitamin C may shorten the time they are sick, but it will not prevent illness.