Zinc Lozenges: This OTC Medication May Help Relieve Cold & Flu Symptoms Family Health Kids' Health
A common over-the-counter (OTC) medicine that people try for virus fighting is zinc. Limited studies have shown that throat lozenges with zinc have helped relieve symptoms of viruses.
Other zinc remedies, such as the nasal swabs, can cause negative side effects such as losing your sense of smell. Throat lozenges, with zinc or not, help relieve throat pain so whether or not they help you get better faster, they will help relieve a sore throat.
But parents, don’t give zinc lozenges to a child under the age of 5 because they can be a choking hazard.
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