Let’s discuss an old wives’ tale. . . should you gargle salt water for a sore throat?

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This works!

Gargling with salt water eases symptoms of cold and flu because of the way that saline works.  Saline draws excess fluid out of inflamed tissues (and loosens mucus!).

A recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggested gargling with salt water decreases the chance of an upper respiratory infection by 40%.  This is  cheap, easy to do, AND effective method to combat a common winter cold symptom.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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