Cold & Flu Prevention Center

Getting a Cold? Do This Right Now

Feel like you're getting sick? These four steps will ease—and maybe even stop—your symptoms.

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You may shave two days off a cold, per a 2012 review. Look for lozenges with zinc acetate or zinc gluconate and take one every couple of hours while symptoms last, says Lisa Cuchara, PhD, professor of biomedical science at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Conn.

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