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COLDS: FACTS AND FICTION

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
March 17, 2017
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Learn the truth about those nasty colds.

Separating the truth from those old wives’ tales about our dear old foe: The Dreaded Cold.

FACT: You get a cold when you’re exposed to one of over 200 cold viruses, and your immune system isn’t what it should be that day.

FICTION: Going outside with a wet head will cause you to get a cold. (Sorry grandma, but thanks for looking out!).

FACT: A cold virus spreads through tiny air droplets that are released when a sick person sneezes, coughs or blows their nose or when you’ve touched your eyes, nose or mouth after touching an object, like a doorknob, contaminated with a cold virus. Kind of gross to think about.

FICTION:Changing weather temperatures will cause you to be more susceptible to catching a cold.

FACT: More people DO get colds during the winter months because more people tend to stay indoors where the germs can hang around longer thanks to less ventilation.

FICTION: Taking an antibiotic will cure my cold. Antibiotics work on bacteria.

FACT: Colds are viruses. Taking an antibiotic won’t help your cold. Put the Z-Pack down…it won’t help you.

FICTION: Colds are always sign of another illness coming on.

FACT: Stress increases your chances of getting a cold. It’s true, stress elevates cortisol levels (the stress hormone), which lowers your immune system and leaves you open to all kinds of nasty germies. Find ways to de-stress like yoga, meditation, exercise etc.

**THE FINAL FACT:** Washing your hands is the BEST defense against getting a cold! Washing your hands will also wash off those germs you picked up by touching things on the subway, in your office, or at the playground.

 

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