Myth: Going outside without a coat can cause a
cold or flu.
Fact: Research shows that exposure to extreme
cold does not lead to colds or flu. They are caused by viruses, transmitted
by contact with people, but it's a good idea to dress appropiately for
Myth: You can catch flu from a flu shot.
Fact: You cannot get the flu from a vaccination because the virus
is inactive. Some people do get a fever or sore arm for a day or two.
Myth: Chicken soup will cure a cold.
Fact: Chicken soup has no special curative powers but may ease cough
or congestion by being a hot liquid.
Myth: Vitamin C and zinc lozenges can prevent or cure
a cold or a flu.
Fact: Large doses of Vitamin C and zinc lozenges have not proven
to prevent or cure a cold or a flu.
|Q: Shouldn't I have an antibiotic if the drainage
from my nose is thick and yellow?
A: Antibiotics should not be used just to treat thick drainage.
That thick drainage is your own body's response to fighting infection and
is actually a good indication that your body is doing is doing its job.
Bacterial complications after the colds and the flu can happen but your
doctor will need to assess the complete picture and not just base the antibiotic
treatment on the amount, thickness or color of the drainage.
A: Its not because of the cold weather, but because people are indoors
more, and of course visiting relatives and friends over the holidays.
|Q: Why do we seem to get more
colds in the winter when the weather is cold?