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Does gargling with tap water help prevent colds?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Research has found that gargling with tap water may help prevent colds. In one study of nearly 400 healthy people, those who gargled with tap water three times a day had fewer colds during prime cold and flu season than did people who didn’t gargle. Even when a gargler caught a cold, he or she was less likely to develop bronchial problems than non-garglers.

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