Coronavirus: Dos and don’ts of steaming to fight COVID – Times of India


Ever since coronavirus hit mankind, one advisory that has been widely disseminated is about the importance of taking steam inhalation. Several studies claim that steam inhalation could reduce the COVID-19 viral load. Having said that, it would be entirely incorrect to say that steam can kill COVID, it can only help you in your battle to fight COVID. Many global experts in fact nullify the effect of steam in COVID treatment, however many doctors closer home recommend it in their prescription.

Incidentally, there have been several steaming accidents reported within India and abroad, leading to burns in children and elderly. So one has been extremely careful while making their children take steam inhalation. Make sure the hot water is not spilling out, and it’s at a safe distance from the child and you. It’s best to sit with a towel on your lap and allow the steam take a more regular flow before your bring your nose and mouth near to the nozzle or the steamer mouth.

So assuming that you will be taking ample precautions while steaming, let’s see how you can amplify your steaming sessions by adding some simple ingredients to your steamer. Many COVID recovered patients have shared that they put things like ajwain in their steamer. Others have also used eucalyptus oil to clear the nasal passage.

Disclaimer: Make sure you do not take steam more than twice (at Max thrice) a day as overdoing steam can make your face and neck dry, which can lead to fungal or bacterial infection too. Stay cautious.

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