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The Truth About Cold and Flu Myths

You can catch the flu from getting a flu shot. Fiction. The flu vaccine is made from an inactivated virus, so you cannot catch the flu from a flu shot. However, it's not uncommon to experience some soreness at the point where the injection was administered, and on occasion some people can feel a little under the weather for a few days.

Starve a cold, feed a fever. Fiction. "this is definitely not a good idea in either case," says brown. "it is extremely important to stay well hydrated when you're sick. Starving a cold by not drinking plenty of water and juice could do even more damage." likewise, overeating when you have a fever is not ideal either. It is important to eat, but you should not overindulge. Eat enough to satisfy your appetite, and make sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Herbal remedies are helpful for treating colds. Fact. An herbal remedy will not cure your cold, but in many cases an herbal remedy can alleviate many cold symptoms and allow you to feel better. For many people, head and chest congestion are the most irritating aspects of being sick because a stuffy nose and heavy head make it very difficult to sleep. Humidifiers utilized in conjunction with an herbal aroma can provide substantial relief from head and sinus congestion as well as help soothe an itchy or scratchy throat. The ultra sonic personal humidifier from medisana is one humidifier that actually comes with a eucalyptus cold therapy to specifically combat congestion and throat irritation.

Chicken soup will help you feel better. Fact and fiction. It is true that warm chicken soup will make a sore throat feel better. However, chicken soup does not have any special medicinal healing power to cure a cold. Along with chicken soup, the notion that hot toddies will provide relief is absolutely false. When you're sick, it is definitely important to avoid alcohol. Beverages containing alcohol contribute to dehydration, which can compound the effects of a cold or flu.

It's easier to catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair. And the answer is: Fiction! the only way to catch a cold or flu virus is if you come in contact with one. Having a wet head or wet feet will not make you more susceptible to catching a cold. Wet hair in chilly weather can sometimes lower body temperature and make you feel colder, which in turn can reduce resistance to a virus or cold, but you will not get sick purely from having wet hair in cold weather.

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