The effect of sidewalk salt in the winter on your blood pressure

Q: Does salt that is placed on streets to get rid of ice have any affect on peoples blood pressure? My blood pressure seems to go up during winter months. I thought that maybe the maybe salt spray inhaled could affect those that inhale it?

A: The membranes inside the nose prevent most inhaled matter from getting into the body. Even if enough salt melted and got tossed into the air for you to breathe your nose would protect you. This is why salt solutions are safely used to irrigate the nose to treat colds and sinus infections. Most people exercise less in the winter and eat more to stay warm. This likely is the cause of seasonal  blood pressure elevation.

Further Reading:
High Blood Pressure Climbs in Winter –
Seasonal Differences In Blood Pressure Discovered –

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