Symptoms, conditions and causes

Does salt help with managing sinus issues and throat?

Salt's Role in Managing Mucus and Potential Infections

Salt offers several potential benefits for managing mucus and fighting certain microbes:

  • Dehydration: Salt can draw water out of bacterial and fungal cells, potentially hindering their growth or killing them.

  • Mucus Reduction: Salt may thin mucus, making it easier to cough up or expel.

  • Topical Use: Gargling with salt water can temporarily soothe a sore throat and potentially reduce microbes in the mouth.

Recommended Methods

  • Saltwater gargle: Dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of warm water and gargle.

  • Neti Pot: Use a Neti pot with a saline solution to gently flush out your nasal passages.

  • Humidifier: Add a small amount of salt to your humidifier to create a salty mist.

  • Dietary Changes: If you suspect a fungal infection, reducing sugar intake may help.

Other Considerations

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): While ACV's acidity might change pH, its effectiveness in fighting infections needs further study. Use with caution and always dilute it.

  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D supports immune function, but its specific role in mucus reduction requires more research. Consider a vitamin D supplement. Try taking 20,000 to 50,000 IU of vitamin D once per week to address mucus.

  • Ear Infections: If home remedies don't work for persistent mucus, an ear infection might be the cause, requiring medical attention.

This information & video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Last updated: May 20, 2024 15:51 PM