Wet socks?  Doesn’t sound very appealing does it?

Despite the name, the wet socks, also known as warming socks, is a simple and effective hydrotherapy technique used to treat the common cold including flu, chest congestion, sinus congestion, sore throats and  upper respiratory tract infections.

The treatment works by stimulating the body’s natural defense by increasing blood circulation which helps to relieve congestion.

o 2 pair cotton socks
o Warm bath or warm foot bath

1. Warm your feet first. Soak your feet in warm water for at least 5-10 minutes.
2. Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
3. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water. Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.
4. Place cold wet socks on feet. (yes, cold and wet)
5. Cover with a pair of dry socks. (make sure the wet socks are completely covered by the dry socks)
6. Go directly to bed. Avoid getting chilled.
7. Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

Repeat for several nights or until symptoms improve.

Effects of the Wet Sock Treatment
This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat. It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment. This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.


The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to  replace consultation with a health care provider.