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Fortschr Med. 1990 Oct 30;108(31):586-8.

[Hardening against the common cold--is it possible?].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation, AKH, Universit├Ąt Wien.


The common cold has great socio-economic impact. To date, no prophylaxis has been scientifically shown to be effective. A number of older reports implied that visits to the sauna and other thermotherapeutic measures might provide a certain degree of protection. More recent data suggest that this supposition is probably true. Nevertheless, there are a number of important questions still to be answered in this area.

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