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Is The Steam Room Good For A Cold
Steam rooms: Ancient cultures have always used steam rooms to help relax and detox from the stresses. I think it can help people to relax and feel better but make sure you are well hydrated when doing that since you do lose alot of water. ...Read more
Possibly: Theoretically, it should open up your pores in the skin, loosen up mucus in the sinuses, help loosen up sore muscles and increase blood flow. It is recommended to take a cool shower after a steam bath to close up the pores again. There maybe certain medical problems in which it is not recommended to be in a steam bath. ...Read more
My gym has a steam room. What illnesses could I catch from other people in there if they have it? I.E. If they have a cold, etc.
USUALLY RESPIRATORY: Ailments and fungal infections of the feet, which love humidity. ...Read more
Trying to kick a cold. Is it beneficial to go to gym and "sweat it out" on a bike and then steam room, or better to just rest and only rest? Thank you
If I'm in the steam room with someone who has a cold, and he sneezes, am I more likely to catch his cold due to the steam? Or same as being outside?
Probably a wash: It's probably about the same risk. I can't think of a reason why the steam would make it more transmissible. The best thing you can do by far is good hand washing and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as you can. ...Read more
Steam can help: In general when it comes to the nose and sinuses steam has been shown to be helpful. I'm not sure if a "steam room" is the same as "steam" used in studies of nasal function. The heat inside the room might have adverse effects on you especially if you have a fever or other systemic problems. ...Read more
Moron: If you wish to sweat, why put a barrier to sweating? ...Read more
Does eucalyptus oil spray in a steam room kill cold and flu viruses? If so, what else does eucalyptus spray kill?
Other natural remedy: Tea tree oil and oil of neem have been shown to have powerful antimicrobial effets- some trials have demonstrated tto efficacy against mrsa! ...Read more
My husband has shortness of breath as soon as he moves from heated room (22 deg) to outside cold weather (-7deg). Xray-chest is good. What's the cause?
See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Is it a good idea to sit in the steam-room to help my body get over a flu. (The flu is in my nose and upper-back-throat.)?
Steam.: While breathing in steam won't resolve an infection, it may help your symptoms of congestion and nasal stuffiness. ...Read more
Infant Cold: In a baby that young most over the counter cold remedies are not recommended. The best way to treat a cold is to use saline nasal drops and suction bulb syringe to keep the baby's nasal passages clear. Fever over 99 degrees (37.5 c) taken in the armpit or over 101 degrees (38 c) taken rectally is very worrisome and the baby should be brought in to your doctor immediately for examination. ...Read more
It's hard to say. Little research addresses this. Here's a section of a google book, but I cannot see the footnotes, so cannot check to see if it the author cites reputable studies. Here's the iink: http://tinyurl. Com/y7wrojd5
Get the book and ask your doc to go over the evidence with you and get his opinion on how strong/good those studies are. ...Read more
Sx relief: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Symptom relief: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Simple tips: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Colds and senses: Viral upper respiratory infections can damage peripheral olfactory receptors and probably central olfactory pathways. A runny nose is a common cause of olfactory dysfunction. Gustatory functions are tied to the sense of smell, which could be why food does not taste as good. ...Read more
Cold urticaria: Depends on the reaction. If you have a syndrome called familial cold urticaria it may be part of a spectrum of disease called cold autoinflammatory syndromes or caps. New biological drugs have become available that are dramatically beneficial (though at a very high $ cost). Arcalyst (rilonacept) and Ilaris (canakinumab). There are many articles on the internet. Consider seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Itchiness, fever etc: Both colds and allergies cause runny nose and sneezing. Allergies also cause itchy eyes, nose, or ears; they do not cause fever. Your throat may be slightly itchy or irritated with allergies, but will not be painful to swallow like with a cold. Colds may last for ~1 week; allergy symptoms may last for a month or more during specific seasons (e.g. Spring) or last all year. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more
FLU: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more
Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more
Common cold: Ry saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. ...Read more