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10 Myths About The Common Cold And Flu Debunked

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10 Myths About The Common Cold And Flu Debunked
10 Myths About The Common Cold And Flu Debunked

10 Myths About The Common Cold And Flu Debunked

From things like the flu vaccine causing the flu, taking the flu seriously, colds that can become the flu, not leaving your house with wet hair to the idea that cold weather makes you sick ...

1. Going Outside In the Winter Can Cause A Cold: Your mom might have warned you about running off to school with damp hair or heading out for a weekend of fun without a coat. Many people still believe that you can catch a cold just by being cold. However, you can only get a cold or the flu by being exposed to those viruses. Mere exposure to cold temperatures won’t cause an illness.

2. Antibiotics will make cold or flu symptoms better: Antibiotics can treat bacterial infections, but they won’t address the core cause of a cold or the flu. In fact, taking antibiotics when you don’t need them promotes antibiotic resistance, a phenomenon in which bacteria overexposed to antibiotics become more able to survive exposure to them. This can mean that antibiotics don’t work when they’re needed.

3. You are only contagious before you start showing symptoms: Another common myth that applies to both colds and the flu is that you are only contagious for a short period of time before the symptoms set in. However, you are actually contagious for longer than you might think. 

4. A cold can become the flu: Even though the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, they stem from different viruses. So, a common cold cannot develop into the flu. This is confusing to some people as they have similar symptoms. The typical flu virus is far more severe. A person with the flu has extreme body aches, fever, fatigue, and a cough. This is why most people are bedridden for a week. Whereas, a common cold most often produces a runny nose and itchy throat which clears within a few days.