Cold & 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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Try vitamin C

It likely won't prevent a cold, but a review of 29 trials found that taking vitamin C daily as soon as you feel that first symptom may reduce your downtime by about 8 percent.

You need about 1 gram (1,000 mg) a day.

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