Immersion with bad cold
11 August, 2014
Does a bad cold or stuffy nose prevent a woman from going to the Mikveh that month?
A bad cold and/or a stuffy nose does not prevent a woman from immersing. She should blow her nose before immersing, and try to remove any crusted mucus from around and just inside her nose. She does not need to clean deep inside the nose, and anything deep inside or any dripping mucus is not considered a chatzitzah.
If the wife (or husband) is not feeling well, they do not need to have relations on mikveh night. If a woman does not feel up to immersing on her scheduled night, she may delay immersion until she feels better. Once she has completed the seven clean days, she requires no additional bedikot and should change to colored underwear.
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