common coldWhen faced with symptoms of a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and watery eyes, one may have a case of the common cold. To cure this cold, just consume Vitamin C… WRONG. This is a myth. Vitamin C will not cure the common cold. Even though Vitamin C is linked with several health benefits, curing the cold is not one of them. Studies have shown that those who take Vitamin C supplements may have shorter or less cold symptoms then those who do not take any at all, but not much support for the overall CURING of a cold.

So… What is Vitamin C and it’s Benefits?
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found in certain foods or in the form of a supplement. It helps the body fight against free radicals and to make collagen, a protein that helps heal wounds. A few examples of foods that are good sources of Vitamin C include oranges, peppers, strawberries, kale, and pineapple. Vitamin C can also be found in the form of supplements varying from pills, gummies, or even in a powder form such as Emergen-C.

So What Is the Cure For the Common Cold?
Unfortunately, the common cold is a virus. In other words, there is no magic pill that can help cure it. Taking antibiotics won’t help. The best thing to do is to get proper rest and stay hydrated. There are some OTC medications that may help with relieving common cold symptoms. Be sure to ask a medical professional before trying any new medications in order to make sure they are right for you. If you have prolonged symptoms, that last longer than 10 days, you may have a sinus infection and should seek a medical attention.

How HRUC Can Help
If you are suffering from cold symptoms that don’t seem to be getting better, keep HRUC in mind. It could be possible that you have something more serious such as a sinus infection. One of the specialties at HRUC is General Medicine. At HRUC, walk ins are always welcome. Hours of operation are extended beyond traditional business hours, Monday- Friday 8am-7pm, and on Saturdays 10am-4pm.