Why does gargling with salt water cure a cold if the germs are elswhere besides the throat?
- falconLv 56 months ago
who said that gargling with salt water cure a cold ? it's not.
- MarkLv 76 months ago
It doesn't CURE a cold, but it can help ease a sore throat. So can orange juice and certain lozenges.
- martinLv 76 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.
- Lord BaconLv 76 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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- Anonymous6 months ago
It doesn’t cure a cold. There is no cure for a cold. You can lessen the severity of the symptoms.
- Deviant KittyLv 46 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."
- SandyLv 76 months ago
gargling with warm saltwater only helps a sore throat.