Why does gargling with salt water cure a cold if the germs are elswhere besides the throat?

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  • falcon
    Lv 5
    6 months ago

    who said that gargling with salt water cure a cold ? it's not.

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It doesn't CURE a cold, but it can help ease a sore throat. So can orange juice and certain lozenges.

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Nothing cures a cold. There is no cure for the common cold. Salt water gargling helps a sore throat. Strong antibiotics and a good sleeping pill can help to weaken a cold, if it's done immediately as soon as you know you're coming down with a cold. But once the cold kicks in, it's too late to stop it.

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  • 6 months ago

    Gargling with salt water can help reduce secondary infections. If we believe gargling with salt water will help get rid of the cold, our positive attitude can help us overcome its symptoms.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    It doesn’t cure a cold. There is no cure for a cold. You can lessen the severity of the symptoms.

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  • 6 months ago

    Gargling doesn't cure anything, it just eases the symptoms. There are no cures for the common cold, period. They all relatively last the same amount of time, 4-8 days for most people, and all cold medicine and old-timey grandma remedies do is ease symptoms, not get rid of it completely.

    As my grandma says: "A cold will last 7 days with cold medicine, and a week without."

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  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    gargling with warm saltwater only helps a sore throat.

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