6 Myths About How You Catch A Cold

Hey, we’re not saying your mom is a dirty liar. We’re just saying that many of the things she told you about getting sick were total myths.

By ModernMan Editors

You probably heard your mom use a variation of this a few million times growing up: “Put a coat on or you’ll catch a cold.” Well, much like when she told you that you’re the most special boy in all the world, she was wrong.

In fact, it turns out a lot of the things we’ve heard about catching colds are myths. Yes, it’s true that you should wash your hands a lot in order to avoid getting sick — but you can forget the commonly held beliefs we’ve listed below.

MYTH #1: Going outside with wet hair will make you sick
Going outside in winter with wet hair is a great way to get cold, but it won’t increase your odds of catching a cold. Whether you’re inside or out, wet or dry, viruses can still find a way into your body. During the wintertime we’re indoors more often, which allows for easier passage of germs from one person to another. And since we’re around sick people in confined spaces, the probability that we’ll get ill goes up. It has nothing to do with forgetting to use a blowdryer.

MYTH #2: Feed a cold, starve a fever
Do you think a cold virus is going to get so full it dies? Or that a flu virus is going to be all, “No more Funyuns? I’m outta here!” Of course not. While a cold or fever may cause loss of appetite, your immune system still needs nutrients to function correctly. And your body absolutely needs fluids when you’re sick since sickness tends to dehydrate you.

MYTH #3: Vitamin C is a cold killer
Sorry, no cold-fighting powers here. Daily intake of vitamin C is still a good idea — it can help prevent wrinkles, heart disease, cancer, and lessens risk of Alzheimer’s — but it won’t prevent your nose from being runny.

TAGS: cold symptoms, common cold, flu, flu shot, flu symptoms, myth, symptoms


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Daniela De Sanctis (Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:50:59 +0000): Myth one: Yes it does higher the chances of you having a cold. Myth three: Since when did vitamin C never help a cold? Myth six: Bad timing? Pfft! First of all, it depends on the person and second of all it is not bad timing... where in the world did you get this information? Over all, I think these myths are no myths after all, go look the books and get informed first then come and tell me the real myths you've been sharing.
Modern Man (Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:52:50 +0000): Sorry Daniela, but you're off the mark here. Since we're hardly the first website to do this story, use the Google and you'll find that many other credible sources have the same (correct) info as we do. Thanks for reading though!


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