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salt inhaler therapies

Hi, I am new here. I've just been reading an article on salt inhaler therapies has anyone tried it/them? If so did it help or hinder your breathing.

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Hi this has been discussed on here many times. To access those posts/replies just type your search criteria in the box at the top which says 'Search Health Unlocked'. x

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Hi

Salt is a natural lubricant, so any salt device is probably more suitable for members with a over production of mucus.

Side effects can leave you with dry throat. Not really suited as breathing aid for such as emphysema.

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Tried it for a couple of months from hospital physio but didn’t do anything for. Me all so they let me keep the nebuliser and I use liquid ventolin in it when I am desperate x

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Been using mine for nearly 4 Years( 5 Year Ceramic Pipe), Every Morning, followed by Breathing exercises, then again very soon at 6pm , again breathing exercises, Works for me even though I am on Oxygen, We all want to make ourselves that little bit Better, Nothing wrong with Trying. Good Luck & Stay Positive. xxxx

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I love my salt pipe as it helps me to cough up mucus especially at the beginning of an infection when the consistency of the mucus often changes.

I’ve just read about a woman in Holland whose doc is very reticent when it comes to prescribing antibiotics. So she takes herself to a salt cave to get rid of an infection!

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Like any other asthma treatment/therapy it suits some but not all. I use mine when I feel the need, the last bad cold I had was turning into a chest infection like they always have done but using the salt inhaler sorted it out. Just make sure to keep taking your prescribed meds. as well.

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Interesting. My cold seemed to be going on my chest yesterday, when I spotted my salt pipe and used it. I am definitely better today, but as I also increased my inhaler and used echinacea, I do not know what part the salt pipe played.

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Bacteria does not like salt, also salt dries fluid. I am pretty sure the salt inhaler prevented a chest infection for me.

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I feel one has to just “ try it and see” as we all react differently.

I use mine occasionally but have never been clear as to whether it actually helped but that said I know I should have persevered and used it for longer periods. It just makes me feel better knowing I am doing something.

Mine is sitting on the side table looking at me right now😊

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You need to check with you respiratory team or consultant that salt does not make your situation worse as it does mine. This was discovered when in Hospital I was being tested for saline in my nebuliser only to find that it further reduced my breathing ability by 25%. I have Emphysema and COPD.

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Hi, I have tried a salt inhaler which did not seem to make a lot of difference, but at least it did no harm. It could be worth a try as we are all different and what did not particularly work for me, may well work for you. Good luck.

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Hello Sh4r0n68. There are a number of respiratory illnesses, all with similar but often different symptoms. It is therefore better to give some background to your query because people can then give more pertinent replies.

What is your respiratory illness? Why are you asking the question? Also, as has been said salt therapy regularly comes up for discussion and you will find lots of posts about it by using the search box. Please post back with more information about yourself and perhaps people will be able to help you.

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Hi, salt pipes have been around for a while, some people on the forum have tried, for me they did help with the mucus for a while then I went on Carbocisteine tablets & gave it up.

You may find it's a bit mixed with the people on here but at least it shouldn't hurt you, just make sure you get the right mixture.

IKeith

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I have a salt pipe but have no idea whether it is effective or not. I bought a salt lamp from LIDL yesterday (£9.99) to see if that helps. I have noticed that I have more symptoms each year in the winter months when I am indoors more, maybe due to heating creating poorer air.

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