Zinc Lozenges to prevent/shorten colds (or other respiratory infections, e.g. covid)
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Zinc Lozenges to prevent/shorten colds (or other respiratory infections, e.g. covid)

If using cold-eeze β€” "tropical orange" is the best flavor.

I have friends who have looked into this and think that zinc acetate is slightly better than gluconate and they take this one.

The procedure: when you first feel a cold coming on, suck on a lozenge and lie down/go to bed (and continue for another couple days).

This is not a supplement β€” the idea is that you want the zinc to coat the back of your throat, where the virus is replicating.

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It’s most effective before the virus has had a chance to really up its numbers, so I'll sometimes take it preemptively if I find out I've been exposed to someone who was sick or if I've been traveling. Even if I do get sick, it’s usually mild. (I'm guessing because of lower viral load?)

Here's a meta-review of zinc lozenge use in shortening the duration of the common cold.