BUSTED: 9 Common Myths About Flu And Cold You Definitely Have to Read In 2018

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We have a whole bunch of different misconceptions about cold and flu which sometimes can make the symptoms worse and even dangerous.

Nexter.org is here to help you out and bust them.

#1 – You have to get rid of ALL the symptoms before getting back to normal life

Source: Cipla South Africa

Actually, runny nose and post-viral cough can last up to 4 weeks so if you feel good in general you can go back to normal life.

#2 – You can get rid of a cold in 1 day

Source: Paychex

People like to think that if they take as many different pills as they can the flu will go away. It is not true and also it is quite dangerous to think like that.

First of all, your body needs to rest and needs time to recover. And a lot of pills will affect your heart in a bad way. Also, if you don’t want a liver failure, be careful with the number of paracetamol-containing medications you take.

#3 – Cold is a seasonal thing

Source: MS Conversations

Well, the good news is that when you catch a virus your immune system builds up antibodies to it, so it is unlikely to catch the same cold more than once. BUT, there are more than 200 types of viruses that cause colds, so you can get sick twice, thrice etc. during one season.

#4 – You will catch a cold if you outside with wet hair

Source: Adventure Time Wiki

Yes, going outside with wet hair might weaken your immune system and make it more vulnerable, but the wind, rain, wet hair or anything like that does not cause a cold on itself.

#5 – You shouldn’t get out of bed

Source: Ausmed

No, you shouldn’t stay in bed all day, in fact, it might even cause bronchitis or pneumonia. Of course, you don’t need to jump around and work out like crazy, but a little activity won’t do any harm.

#6 – You do not need to take a sick leave

You need to give your body time to recover, so you need to stay home at least for 1-2 days and then get back to work. If you need another reason to stay at home – remember that you are contagious for the first few days so if you don’t want to infect other people, stay home.

#7 – Cold doesn’t need to be treated

Source: Prevention

You must treat cold because if you won’t you might get complications or experience those symptoms for 20-30 days instead of regular 3 days.

#8 – Antibiotics are a good cold treatment

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Antibiotics have a different structure than a bacterial illness thus they can’t treat it. In fact, antibiotics can actually make things worse – you won’t get rid of the symptoms and the virus will continue spreading.

These are all the myth we have. Stay healthy, friends!


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