What is the role of zinc in the prevention of chronic sinusitis?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Reduce viral exposures by improved personal hygiene. The roles of zinc and vitamin C in the prevention of viral upper respiratory tract infection are controversial. On June 16, 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory and notified consumers and health care providers to discontinue the use of intranasal zinc products. [36] The intranasal zinc products (Zicam Nasal Gel/Nasal Swab; Matrixx Initiatives) are herbal cold remedies that claim to reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms and are sold without a prescription. The FDA received more than 130 reports of anosmia (ie, an inability to detect odors) associated with intranasal zinc. Many of the reports described the loss of smell with the first dose.

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