Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

lurgy busting zinc

In the US you can get Zircam, Zinc Gluconium in a forma that I can only call artificial snot. This binds preferentially to the cold rhinovirus, so it can't bind the the cells of the mucosal mebrane, so it reproduces less; and like human mucus, the medium englobulates the virus and it passes out of the nose. To be effective you need to use it every three hours. We find that if you use it at the correct frequency this lessens the length and severity of anything that is really a cold by half and can stop you developing a cold after being in the neighbourhood of someone infectious. There are versions as pre-loaded swabs, versions as gloop you dispense onto a swab (both are applied nasally) and versions as a sweet chew that start out like a Chewie and end up like medicine. You can't get them in the UK so we stock up stateside. The packages are something like $10 max.

As I expect there is some regulation that would stop me starting a business importing this stuff wholesale, if we were to find we had bought extra boxes of this on our next trip, would you want some at cost? Leave a comment here and we'll fetch some back next time we're in the US (and do say if you prefer swab/squirt pack or chews).
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