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How do I use steam for congestion?

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Whether it's from a hot shower or piping hot cup of tea, steam can thin mucus and help it drain from your nose. For faster relief, pour boiling water into a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel, lean over the bowl, and breathe in the steam. You can do this three to four times a day.

From: 5 Ways to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Saline Sinus Rinse Recipe.”

American Academy of Family Medicine: “Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Vapor Rub, Petrolatum, and No Treatment for Children with Nocturnal Cough and Cold Symptoms.”

Brown University Health Promotion: “Sinusitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Common Cold and Upper Respiratory Illness.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Sinusitis.”

Harvey R. , July 2007. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Merck Manuals Professional Edition: “Nasal Congestion and Rhinorrhea.”

National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Effects of Drinking Hot Water, Cold Water, and Chicken Soup on Nasal Mucus Velocity and Nasal Airflow Resistance.”

Saketkhoo K. , October 1978. Chest

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: “A Guide to Natural Ways to Alleviate Allergy and Sinusitis Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 30, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Saline Sinus Rinse Recipe.”

American Academy of Family Medicine: “Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Vapor Rub, Petrolatum, and No Treatment for Children with Nocturnal Cough and Cold Symptoms.”

Brown University Health Promotion: “Sinusitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Common Cold and Upper Respiratory Illness.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Sinusitis.”

Harvey R. , July 2007. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Merck Manuals Professional Edition: “Nasal Congestion and Rhinorrhea.”

National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Effects of Drinking Hot Water, Cold Water, and Chicken Soup on Nasal Mucus Velocity and Nasal Airflow Resistance.”

Saketkhoo K. , October 1978. Chest

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: “A Guide to Natural Ways to Alleviate Allergy and Sinusitis Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 30, 2017

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