flu if started when the symptoms are first noticed and continued for 7-10 days. Echinacea does not prevent colds or flu.
Echinacea also seems to help prevent vaginal yeast infections when used with some medicated creams.
There is some evidence that echinacea applied to the skin can help wounds and ulcers heal.
There isn't enough information to know if echinacea works for the other conditions people use it for, including: urinary tract infections, migraines, eczema, bee stings, and many others.
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