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!
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