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5 Myths about the Common Cold

There are many misunderstood facts about colds. Many myths that we hear all the time and believe to be true. Here are 5 common cold myths.
1. Don’t Drink Milk – Many people think that drinking milk affects and builds up ones mucus during a cold. This is a myth. Milk does not affect mucus levels, so drink away.
2. Don’t Kiss – Kissing is off limits when you have a cold. People tend to believe that kissing a person with a cold increases your chances of getting the cold. The amount of the virus on your lips is microscopic and tiny and kissing is not very likely to transfer the virus.
3. Cold Weather Causes Colds – “Don’t go out with wet hair and dress warmly or you will catch a cold!” Everyone has been told this, but the truth is the temperature makes no difference at all. You catch a cold by coming into contact with the virus. It doesn’t change anything if you are freezing, boiling, soaking, or parched.
4. Let The Symptoms Be – People believe that cold symptoms help us rid of the cold quicker, so we should not try to solve them with medicine or home remedies. The symptoms do not alter the duration of the cold at all. Coughing and nose blowing spread the germs. Painkillers and medicines help keep the cold contained, as the symptoms would usually spread the cold.
5. Eat! Don’t Eat! – “Starve a fever, feed a cold.” This is untrue. Food gives the body energy to fight the illness. It is important when sick to eat healthy and well. Chicken soup is a good meal.
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