Local doctor squashes cold and flu myths

Fact and fiction about battling a cold or the flu

A local doctor debunks common cold and flu myths.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – What works best to battle a cold or the flu? It’s a question anyone who has suffered through a virus asks. There’s a lot of advice out there about how to handle symptoms, but a lot of it is misinformation.

Family Physician Dr. John DelliQuadri would like to squash some of those myths, such as, does drinking orange juice, which is full of vitamin C help?

DelliQuadri says no. The thinking was that high doses of vitamin C would help your immune system, but it really doesn’t.

DelliQuadri said drinking plenty of water is probably the best alternative when fighting the cold or flu. He also advises to stay away from carbonated drinks.

Another question many have is can you get your flu shot too early?

Yes, you can. Getting the shot too soon won’t keep you protected through spring. Mid-October is best time to get vaccinated.

“They are not going to have the proper coverage in the early spring when we often find the outbreaks of influenza,” DelliQuadri said.

Another myth that can be set aside is the honey and warm fluids. DelliQuadri says the warm fluids can “mucilize” things a little bit, but other than that there are no real benefits.

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