Women health
*Women health>>>Colds

Colds and flus?



I was raised believing that if you get wet in the rain, you can catch a cold. Same with the infamous saying: "wear a jacket; it is cold out there and you can catch a cold!" - But how can rain give me a cold when only a bug or virus can?

I love this question!! You are right - getting wet or cold is not enough to make you sick. However - there is still something to those old sayings....

When you are cold/wet - your body uses up a lot of it's energy / resources trying to keep you warm and maintain body heat. This fatigues you and wears down the body - thus depleting the immune system as well. This makes it so that if you ARE exposed to a germ or virus you are more likely to get sick from it.

So - no... the cold and wet won't get you but it does make it harder for your body to fight off germs.
You've got it! It was just something that your mom told you so that you'd wear your jacket. Rain can't give you a cold or the flu. Those are both caused only by viruses.
During the winter months the days are shorter and the lack of UV light actually changes the levels of bacteria and viruses in the environment. This belief of getting a cold from the cold comes from this observation of the effect. Also people tend to spend more time indoors, and this gives more opportunity for pathogens to spread person to person.
Tags
Chiropractic Chlamydia Cholesterol Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clinical Trials Colds Colon Cancer Contraception Bacterial Vaginosis Biofeedback
Related information
  • Allergy colds?
    I don't think you have a cold I think you have a sinus infection or allergies. Definitely not the same thing as a cold. I would see your regular doctor and explain that the symptoms disa...
  • Catching colds?
    Well, it's a total wives tale that walking around barefoot can make you catch cold. However, it is true that prolonged exposure to cold weather can lower your body temperature and there...
  • Does drinking cold drinks cause colds ?
    Colds are caused by airborne viruses. One of the dirtiest things to touch is the handle on a shopping cart. Drinking cold water rapidly could cause chest pains and eating ice cream can ...
  • So if cold air doesn't cause colds...?
    Viruses cause colds. It sounds like you have an allergy situation going on there. Check it out with your doc. Source(s): ima nurse...
  • We get colds and fevers from viruses, not from being exposed to the cold outside, right?
    Correct. Going outside with wet hair, or when it's cold is folklore for catching a cold. Although these things don't actually cause colds because like you said it is a virus, tempe...
  • I got a cold it dont stop any medicine to help me prevent colds?
    There aren't really medicines that will prevent you from getting a cold, however taking adult multivitamins, and making sure that you are eating healthy and exercises, substantially lowe...
  • Colds are they here?
    Where i am, the cold season is already here. All these people sneezing and coughing. Im coming down with the cold now....
  • Colds in the winter?
    You don't get cold from being cold. You get colds from coming in contact with someone who is infected with a virus. We get depressed in the winter from the lack of sunshine. It's ...
  •    

    Health Categories--Copyright/IP Policy--Contact Webmaster
    The information on whfhhc.com is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions.