With the onset of winter season, colds and colds are also becoming common. This summer, a TikTok video even went viral when it offered an original technique for dealing with a runny nose: putting garlic in your nose! One of many other examples of so-called therapies or treatments. To put things aside, we asked two experts to take a look at some of the most common cold beliefs.
Can I catch a cold by “catching a cold”?
It may not have come to anyone’s attention that colds are more common in colds… Like other infections of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat and trachea), they are usually caused by a virus.
Perhaps, there is an element of truth in the idea that a cold may favor the growth of these microbes—and thus a cold: Seasonal temperature changes can modify the lining of our throats and our trachea, which ultimately facilitates infection. Can be delivered by virus to local cells.
However, the main reason we get colder in winter is because we spend more time indoors, in confined spaces, in contact with other people – to circulate the right conditions and environments.
Does putting garlic in the nose benefit?
It’s been a big trend on TikTok lately: sticking garlic buds in the nose takes advantage of their anti-cold properties… holding something in your nostrils can actually block the natural flow of mucus but when the obstacle is removed, the flow resumes. … or with more gusto.
Cure a cold with garlic, a bad idea for Tiktok (LeHuffPost / Youtube)
This temporary blockade isn’t a good idea: mucus actually not only helps trap and eliminate pathogens, including viruses, but it also contains antibodies and can help alleviate some of the symptoms of viruses, such as their Infectivity and their transmittance. Therefore it should be avoided.
Additionally, while garlic does contain some anti-inflammatory compounds, it is also loaded with several ingredients that can irritate the skin, nose, eyes, etc. It can damage very sensitive local mucous membranes (and make congestion worse), cause bleeding or even blockage. So it doesn’t really help and can be dangerous too. In general, sticking something in the nose is never a good solution.
Can herbal remedies have a preventive effect?
Various herbal remedies are believed to help prevent or speed up recovery from a common cold. For example, Echinacea, a plant in the Asteraceae family that grows in North America, is often mentioned.
Some trials have suggested little preventive effect, but larger studies do not show a statistically significant reduction in disease levels.
Turmeric is also known as a preventive medicine, yet there is no strong evidence for its effectiveness. Its potential antibiotic activities are still being studied, but antibiotics have no effect on viruses…
Can Vitamin C Help?
Nobel laureate in chemistry Linus Pauling suggested in the 1970s that high-dose vitamin C may be an effective treatment for many viral infections.
If it doesn’t prevent colds, vitamin C helps get rid of them faster © alexpankov / Shutterstock (via The Conversation)
But the Cochrane organization, where researchers are reviewing the evidence, found that while vitamin C does not prevent colds, it may shorten their duration in some people. Since vitamin C supplements (about 200 mg per day) are considered low-risk, some suggest that this is a reasonable strategy for reducing the effects of a cold. However, beware of overdoses that do not bring any additional benefits.
Does Vitamin D Prevent Colds?
Vitamin D has gone from being the “sunshine vitamin” associated with bone health to a vitamin linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and viruses. In particular, there has been a lot of interest in vitamin D to help us fight the flu and, most recently, COVID-19.
Laboratory experiments show that it plays an important role in supporting immunity, which is essential for fighting viruses. The problem may be that some people have insufficient levels of vitamin D. The sun allows us to make our own vitamin D, but winter is not conducive to it.
A runny nose and red eyes are manifestations of the common cold © Alexandra Suzy / Shutterstock (via The Conversation)
It may therefore be a good idea to take vitamin D supplements during the winter, as advised by the UK government, in order to consume enough, which can help prevent colds.
And what about chicken broth?
Grandmother’s remedy best, chicken broth is packed with many benefits against cold. Like honey, it may have some benefit in managing symptoms… but it is unlikely to have any real effect in clearing up the infection.
There have been studies on its effect on the cells of the immune system, but the results are not conclusive. That doesn’t mean you have to forget the famous soup! The water contained in broth promotes our hydration, which we often lack when we have a cold. And like most hot drinks, it can also help relieve a sore throat.
Unfortunately, therefore, there is no miracle cure for the common cold… some tips can be helpful and are not usually harmful, such as taking enough vitamins C and D. But others aren’t worth trying at all and can be risky, like putting garlic in your nose. When we are prone to runny nose and red eyes, the best thing to do is to rest, stay warm and drink plenty to stay hydrated.
This analysis was written in English Duane Mailer, research dietitian at Aston Medical School, and James Brown, lecturer in biology and biomedical sciences (both at Aston University – England).
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