A steam ses­sion

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“Some­one al­ways gets sick on win­ter break,” says Jen Tracht­en­berg, M.D., a mother of three and an as­sis­tant clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of pe­di­atrics at the Ic­ahn School Of Medicine at Mount Si­nai Hospi­tal in New York City. “One hol­i­day trip, we stayed in a ho­tel and my daugh­ter caught a cold.” The dry, stuffy ho­tel heat didn’t help mat­ters. “It ag­gra­vated her nose and throat,” says Dr. Tracht­en­berg. So she had her daugh­ter drink plenty of wa­ter and spend 5 min­utes in the steamed-up bath­room. “The wa­ter kept her hy­drated and thinned the se­cre­tions, and the steam opened up the nasal pas­sages. By morn­ing, she was ready to have fun on our trip.”

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