Myths About The Common Cold
Myths About The Common Cold

1. You can catch the flu from a vaccine

 You can catch the flu from a vaccine

The biggest myth of all time is that you can catch a flu from a vaccine. It inhibits many people from thinking about getting their influenza injection. There is no way that the shot will give you a an influenza virus which will make you ill. The reason many might believe that the vaccine can cause the flu is that people tend to get the flu vaccine in winters, and then catch a cold from someone else. Since, the viruses that cause cold are contagious 24 hours before the symptoms appear, someone who had a flu shot and then caught a cold might believe that the vaccine gave them the flu. Thus, they can't think of another source because the person whom they got it from didn't look sick.

2. Airplane ride can cause flu

Airplane ride can cause flu

Riding on an airplane may increase your flu risk. Although, it is not clear if it increases the risk of flu in crowded areas. The risk that a person might catch a cold or catch the flu is increased when the person is in a crowd of people. People tend to catch these illnesses from other people and so when the person is in a crowd, the likelihood contact with somebody who is infected naturally goes up the line.Thus, airplane ride flu acceleration is not much known but, crowd can definitely increase the chance of catching a flu.

3. Zinc can help shorten the duration of cold

Zinc can help shorten the duration of cold

Zinc has a number of studies done  and it has not been shown conclusively to help battle colds. Though, zinc has shown some benefit . Zinc can treat cold to some extent but over intake will result in anemia, nervous system damage, copper deficiency. It can shorten the period of cold and flu but on the other hand can have adverse effects on the health of the person. It can also boost immunity; thus making the person resistible to viruses.

4. Colds spreads only if someone sneezes or coughs

Colds spreads only if someone sneezes or coughs

Several different viruses can cause the common cold. One way for these viruses to spread is when an infected person sneezes or coughs. A cough or a sneeze launches small droplets of secretions from the nose and mouth in to the air and when they can come into contact with other people nearby it makes them sick. Influenza is a virus that can effectively travel through air and can spread via cough or sneeze.

5. Cold causes fever

Cold causes fever

Fever is said to be a symptom of common cold and in young children, fever is common in most upper respiratory infections. A study published in the American Journal of Diseases of  Children in 1986, found that up to 84 percent of children with cold-causing viruses had a fever, and 37 percent had a fever for five days or longer. However, in adults, fever defined as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. It is much more common for a cold to cause a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing and cough, but with a normal body temperature. 

6. Home remedies don’t work much for cold

Home remedies don’t work much for cold

There is still no cure for the common cold even after all the medical advancements. When a person suffers with cold symptoms, physicians can only recommend supportive measures such as rest, lots of fluids and medication for relief. There are hundreds of home remedies for cold that will temporarily eliminate the cold. Remedies such as ginger and honey, turmeric milk, lemon grass etc.' but these cannot cure the cold permanently. As the immune system becomes weak, the person might catch a cold. 

7. Dairy products should be avoided during cold

Dairy products should be avoided during cold

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus that drips down the back of the throat when a person has a cold. Drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to the throat; but it doesn't cause the body to make more phlegm. It is said that cold sufferers  should drink or eat dairy products such as cream-based soups, ice cream, milk, as they are soothing on sore throats. It also provides them with calories since they do not have an appetite to eat food.

8. You're not contagious, if you don't have a fever

You're not contagious, if you don't have a fever

A person is most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days when he or she has a cold irrespective of  having  fever or not. The contagious phase of a cold virus is usually over by day 7 to 10. Teenagers and adults may have cold with or without fever; but small children and infants have fever around 100° to 102°F. Very healthy adults may infect others even if they do not have a fever. Young children with a weak immune systems may be contagious for longer than a week.

9. The flu just isn't that serious

The flu just isn't that serious

People suffering from flu fully recover in less than two weeks and most people have a mild case and do not need antiviral drugs. Any flu can be deadly; whether it is swine flu or common fluor any flu for that matter. An average of 36,000 people die each year from the flu and more than 200,000 are hospitalized. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, sore throat are examples of flu-related complications. Children, old people, pregnant women and those with chronic ailments are more prone towards the risk of catching a flu.

10. Staying away from sick people is the only way to stay well

Staying away from sick people is the only way to stay well

Staying away from sick people is one way to help avoid getting sick. Although, it's not something that has been proved . People can be contagious without showing any symptoms. A flu vaccine is said to be the best medicine to common cold. Also, avoiding direct contact with actually sick people, washing hands regularly, maintaining personal hygiene etc. will also contribute towards keeping away cold and flu.

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