When a cold strikes, you can cross ibuprofen off your shopping list. Last week researchers revealed it might make you worse.
The British Medical Journal reported that when people with respiratory tract infections such as colds, sore throats and chest and ear infections were given paracetamol, ibuprofen or a combination of the two, between 50 and 70 per cent of those taking ibuprofen returned to their GP within a month with worsening symptoms.
This might be because ibuprofen reduces inflammation - and an inflammatory response is part of the body's immune response to the infection.
But what about those other remedies everyone swears by for preventing and treating common winter ailments - will they make any difference, either? We asked the experts for their view . . .
Source - Daily Mail