Healthy Living: Local News
We've All Heard Them...Those Flu and Cold-Related Adages That You Never Quite Know Whether to Believe or Not
Story Updated: Jan 16, 2012
In this issue of the flu alert, the Lockton Health Risk Management team is putting six of the better known health-related myths to rest. Now you will know the truth, whether running out to the mailbox with wet hair will put you in bed with a cold for five days, or whether your Grandma Gladys' chicken noodle soup recipe really is good enough to cure what ails you. Read on to feel better, or worse, about what you've always believed to be true.
|Hand sanitizer works if you do not have the opportunity to wash your hands with soap and water.|
FACT Look carefully at the label when you buy a pocket sanitizer for cleaning your hands. Here's what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have to say:
And, take note of this: hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.
Did you know there's even a best practice for how to use the cold, mushy stuff once you have squirted it into your palm? The CDC says:
FACT OR MYTH
|Walking outside with wet hair in the winter can make you catch a cold.|
MYTH Colds are caused by the common cold virus. It's highly contagious and colds are more prevalent in the winter (in part because people spend more time indoors, around each other). It might seem that stepping outside with wet hair in chilly temps is what brought on your last cold, but you were already carrying the virus, and you would have gotten it anyway - even if you had stayed toasty warm inside.
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