Saline Rinse May Cut Cold Symptoms

"The same can be said of teens and college-aged young adults," he added. "This group wants a maintenance-free nose, and while the treatment outlined in the paper is very effective, they are either embarrassed to do it, or have 'busy' schedules."

Still, many doctors hope this study will help convince parents to seek alternative remedies for their children's colds.

"A lot of times, parents choose to give their children cough and cold medications, because they want to do something for their kids when they're sick, and they think that's all they can do," Moscona explained.

"But if they knew this [saline nasal wash] can work better than the cough and cold medications, maybe we can get people to switch."

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