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.
Heated water vapor
Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old
Flexible, according to preferences
Treatment of Common Cold symptoms
Unclear impact, more research is needed. The studies already conducted has not shown any consistent benefits.
Minor side effects include local discomfort, running of make-up, and, in one study, increased blockage of the nose.
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.
Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.
Steam inhalation (alternative medicine)
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