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3 Cold Myths That Won't Help You Prevent Or Treat A Cold

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A cold is a common illness, so most people have at least some level of experience with combating the illness. However, just because someone has had a cold in the past, their experience does not exactly make them an expert on the matter. While the intent is to be helpful, some people are actually spreading misinformation about combating the illness. Learn some cold myths you should not give a second thought to so that you can protect your family.

1. Cold Weather Causes Colds

It's normal to think that there is a link between cold weather and developing a cold, especially since many people get colds during the fall and winter. However, a cold is a viral infection; it has absolutely nothing to do with the weather. 

So, while it's not exactly advised, if you go outside without a jacket on, you're aren't at any greater risk for getting a cold than someone who has on a coat, hat, and gloves. Remember, colds are spread by passing the virus, so washing your hands often and keeping your hands away from your mouth is best.

2. The Gym Is a Cure

There is some science behind the benefit of sweating out an infection at the gym. However, exercise does more for the treatment of symptoms of a cold than it does curing a cold. For example, when you have a cold and develop a fever, your body temperature will increase. Sweating can help lower your body's temperature, which can, in turn, help your fever subside. 

However, if you don't treat the virus, your body temperature will climb back up. Any benefit from going to the gym will only be short-lived. Additionally, since your body is already in a weakened state, it's best only to exercise moderately when you have a cold.

3. You Can't Enjoy Dairy

When you have a cold, combating the illness involves getting rid of the excess phlegm that is built-up inside your chest and nose. In order to accomplish this goal, you need to thin the phlegm, or mucus, so that it can drain out. 

An age-old wife's tale suggests that dairy causes phlegm to thicken, so people often think they have to stay away from dairy products when they're sick. However, this tale is a complete falsehood. Unless you have an issue with dairy, such as lactose intolerance, there is no real reason why you should not enjoy milk, cheese, and other dairy products when you're fighting a cold. 

If you have a cold that is concerning you, it's best to speak with a physician. Visit a premier urgent care office to address your concerns and get the cold treatments you really need.