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Regular sauna bathing and the incidence of common colds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2248758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The high morbidity of common colds means that their economic importance is considerable, with colds causing more loss of productivity than any other infection. As no effective prophylaxis is available, this trial was to test the hypothesis that sauna bathing can reduce the incidence of common colds. Twenty-five volunteers were submitted to sauna bathing, with 25 controls abstaining from this or comparable procedures. In both groups the frequency, duration and severity of common colds were recorded for six months. There were significantly fewer episodes of common cold in the sauna group. This was found particularly during the last three months of the study period when the incidence was roughly halved compared to controls. The mean duration and average severity of common colds did not differ significantly between the groups. It is concluded that regular sauna bathing probably reduces the incidence of common colds, but further studies are needed to prove this.
E Ernst; E Pecho; P Wirz; T Saradeth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0785-3890     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Med.     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-01-16     Completed Date:  1991-01-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8906388     Medline TA:  Ann Med     Country:  FINLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Common Cold / prevention & control*
Steam Bath*

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