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I woke up with the sniffles this morning and the first thing I did when I got up was take some Zicam. Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel as it is officially called, has been a staple in my medicine cabinet for the last few years. It claims the following:

* Reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms when taken at the first sign of a cold
* Clinically proven
* Treats the cold at its source – in the nose
* Patented No-Drip Liquid® won’t drip down throat
* No odor or bad taste
* Non-drowsy, non-habit forming, no known drug interactions
* Homeopathic

    Active ingredient: Zincum Gluconicum 2x
    Inactive ingredients: Benzalkonium chloride, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, purified water, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide

    Does Zicam Work?

    I am always skeptical about homeopathic remedies, but this one really seems to work. According to the Zicam website Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel acts at the source – the nasal cavity. The nasal cavity is the main site of the cold virus’ entry into the body. Also on, an independent clinical study found patients taking Zicam got over their colds 78% faster than patients taking the placebo. It has shortened the duration and severity of my colds when I take it and I can tell a difference when I don’t take it. It has been a lifesaver. My favorite Zicam product is the nasal gel, you get the most bang for your buck and it is easy to use. You just squirt it on the inside of each nostril, let it sit for 30 seconds and go on your merry way. Do this every 4 hours for the first 48 hours after your first symptoms and the cold should either go away or be less severe and shortened.

    Other Zicam Products

    Zicam has several other products such as Zicam Cold Remedy Adult Swabs, Zicam Cold Remedy Chewables
    and Zicam Healthy Z-ssentials Rapid Melts Tablets, Orange Flavor
    but my favorite remains the Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel. As far as the chews and the tablets, I think they leave a bit of a funny taste in my mouth but if someone is adverse to the nasal gel, it is a good alternative. The swabs are also quick and easy to use but you get less product for the same amount of money. Instead of the swabs, use a Q-Tip and squirt a bit of the gel on the tip for the same effect to maximize the value.

    I would highly recommend trying Zicam the next time you feel a case of the sniffles coming on and see if it works for you.

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