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What is a salt-water rinse for a cold?

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A salt-water rinse can help with congestion in your nose:

Fill a bulb syringe with this solution (or use a Neti pot). Lean your head over a sink and hold one nostril closed while gently squirting the mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Then do the same with the other nostril. Rinse the bulb or Neti pot after use and leave open to air dry.

  • Mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of this mixture to 8 ounces of previously boiled lukewarm water or distilled water.

From: Home Remedies for Colds WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 04, 2016

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CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 04, 2016

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