Sure, we have all heard the common wives tales about the common cold… feed a cold and starve a fever, and so on and so forth. But what tales are indeed true and which ones are myths? Here we touch on a few of those true tales and debunk some others.
Chicken Soup: So grandma always said that chicken soup is good to fight the common cold and she was half right… chicken soup has been shown to relieve inflammation.
Wet hair: Going outside with wet hair will not cause the common cold… but that doesn’t mean that you should do it either.
Feed a cold, starve a fever: This is the one that you often hear people recite when they are sick. But being sick often kills your appetite and force feeding certainly won’t help things. What you should do instead is remain hydrated and get enough calories.
Wearing a coat: Common colds and the flu are caused by viruses not by temperature. And while they do circulate more during the winter months, you are more likely to pick up a cold or the flu inside more so than outside so wearing a coat or not wearing a coat does not indicate whether you will catch a cold. Studies show that you can prevent some colds by getting physical exercise outdoors during the winter months.
Vicks Vapor Rub on Your Feet: A widely spread email last year stated that you should put Vicks Vapor Rub on your kids’ feet and put socks on them to get rid of a nagging cough. This myth was debunked, and experts suggest that you should stick to using the vapor rub on your kid’s chest and throat instead.