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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.

    • Curefacts.com -  Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING
    • Curefacts.com -  Effectiveness icon EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
    • Curefacts.com -  Safety Circle icon SAFETY | PROBABLY SAFE

Recommendations

Do not use this treatment:

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

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Note that while infections with various strains of Corona viruses are responsible for most cases of common cold, the new corona virus strain, SARS-CoV-2, leads to an entirely different coronavirus infectious disease, COVID-19. The research of treatments for COVID-19 is still pre mature and not based on solid evidence. Therefore, at this stage, we can only speculate that effective treatments for common cold (and related Corona virus strains) may prove effective for Corona disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV-2 strain. Please don't count on it.

About Steam inhalation (medical device)

Heated water vapor

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    Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

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    Dosage:

    Flexible, according to preferences

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    Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Curefacts.com - Green Pages icon Needs more testing
  • 6 Clinical Studies
  • 394 Curefacts.com - Tooltip icon Adults Tested
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  • Benefits:

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

  • Curefacts.com - Safety icon 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

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    Medical problem:

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

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    Symptoms and signs:

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

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    Complications:

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

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