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Video: Doctors Warn About The Dangers Of COVID-19 Prevention With Steam Inhalation
Doctors warn about the dangers of COVID-19 prevention with steam inhalation
According to doctors at Birmingham Children's Hospital, the number of small patients with boiling water and steam burns has increased 30 times since the start of the pandemic.
Although the effectiveness of steam inhalation in treating colds and upper respiratory tract infections is highly questionable, some people use this method to prevent COVID-19, doctors write in The Lancet. There is an unproven theory that hot steam reduces inflammation of the mucous membrane and inhibits the multiplication of viruses, which is why this procedure has grown in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. Doctors are concerned: the “old-fashioned” method of treatment is very dangerous, especially for children.
“More than 100 children with burn injuries are admitted to emergency departments in the UK every day. Since the announcement of quarantine, thirty times more small patients than usual have been admitted to the burn center of our hospital. Most often, children are injured by accidentally spilling boiling water, some of them did inhalation without parental supervision,”write the doctors at the Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
Experts noted that they receive no more than two patients with burns received during steam inhalation every year. In the last month alone, the hospital admitted six children with burn injuries, with the most severe case in a two-week-old baby - he needed a skin transplant.
Doctors interviewed burn staff throughout England and found that at least half of them experienced an increase in this type of injury in children. These data correlated with the prevalence of coronavirus in certain regions of the country. Two-thirds of the centers reported a relationship between the frequency of referrals and the ethnicity of families - mostly Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and other Asians in England.
Doctors recalled that no research has proven that steam inhalation can relieve the symptoms of respiratory diseases. Meanwhile, according to the results of surveys in 2016, it turned out that about 80% of general practitioners recommended this procedure to their patients.
“Breathing in steam is dangerous for children. This can lead to hospitalization, surgery, and severe burns can disfigure the child for life. Clinicians should warn parents about this and educate them about safer and more effective methods of treating children at home,”doctors say.
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