April 17th, 2017

Can you catch a cold (or worse) if you venture outside with wet hair? The Cranberry Eagle asked one of our own experts whether this was true or just another “old wives’ tale”:

Dr. Brian Donnelly, a pediatrician with Pediatric Alliance, said if you’re cold then the stress of that can weaken you, increasing your chances of catching something. But cold temperature doesn’t always cause colds.


Dr. Donnelly took the opportunity to debunk a couple of other myths:

Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Nor does getting the flu shot cause you to get the flu, Donnelly said. The influenza virus inside the shot is not live, he said.

“You can get a cold the day after you get the flu shot, and the timing is such that people think it’s from the shot,” he said.


And how do you treat a cold or the flu, anyway? Feed a cold, starve a fever — or the other way around?

Donnelly said when you have a fever, you may not feel like eating or drinking anything. So you want to try to eat and drink more to stay hydrated, therefore “feeding” the fever. But you shouldn’t starve a cold.

Eating chicken soup can actually help you feel better when you’re sick, Donnelly said. The sodium from the broth helps you retain fluids, and the chicken provides much-needed protein and other nutrients.

“Then if it’s made by someone who loves you, there’s that aspect as well,” he said. “I wouldn’t write that off.”


I wouldn’t either!

Read more from this article in The Cranberry Eagle here.


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One Response to Truth Or Old Wives’ Tale?

  1. I’d love to see more “folk remedies” and the science, or lack thereof, behind them! People swear by things like rubbing onion on your feet at night when you have a cold. Now, I’ve never tried that, but I’m sure that if I did, one definite result would be my husband sending me to sleep on the couch…

    Can we explore some more “old wives’ tales”?


    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 

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