Table 3.

GPs’ (n = 21) knowledge of, and advice about, steam inhalation

QuestionResponders, %
Have you ever advised a patient to use steam inhalation?
Yes81
No19
At what age would you advise the use of steam inhalation?a
0–2 years42
>2–5 years42
>5–10 years47
>10–15 years47
Adults (≥16)90
How would you advise a patient to apply the steam inhalation?a
Towel over head47
Directly to face0
Sit in steamy room53
How would you advise preparation of the water for the steam?a
Using kettle53
Using hob0
Other47
  Steamy bathroom26
Are you aware of any evidence supporting the use of steam inhalation?b
Yes10
  Topic in British Medical Journal5
  Anecdotal5
No90
Are there any contraindications for the use of steam inhalation?
Yes43
  Risk of scalding24
  Poor dexterity5
  Facial skin eczema5
No57
Are there any particular additional agents that you advise for use during steam inhalation?
Yes57
  Olbas® Oil38
  Vicks® VapoRub19
  Menthol24
No43
What are the indications for advising steam inhalation?
Upper respiratory tract infection24
Lower respiratory tract infection0
Sinusitis43
Other33
  Bronchiolitis5
  Croup5