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Steam inhalation (medical device) for treatment of Common Cold in Adults with cold

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    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with steam inhalation. 6 valid studies conducted, with 394 adults. Unclear effectiveness due to inconsistent findings. Seems safe, may cause irritation of the nose.



Do not use this treatment:

There is no clear evidence that it is effective in treating cold symptoms. Side effects seem minor.

About Steam inhalation (medical device)

Heated water vapor

  • Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Flexible, according to preferences

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Needs more testing
  • 6 Clinical Studies
  • 394 Adults Tested
  • Unclear
  • Benefits:

    Unclear impact, more research is needed. The studies already conducted has not shown any consistent benefits.

  • Probably safe
  • Risks:

    Minor side effects include local discomfort, running of make-up, and, in one study, increased blockage of the nose.

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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Many people believe that steam inhalation reduces cold symptoms. There is no evidence suggesting that steam inhalation is effective for treating the common cold. (source)
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