HomeHealthArchivesNov 2009

 

The Truth About Colds and Flu

Winter is considered cold and flu season, but chills, dampness, and drafts don't cause colds and flu. Viruses do. The winter months, however, drive us indoors where we are more likely to pick up one of the more than 200 cold-causing viruses from other people. The Mayo Clinic Health Letter reports that this is not the only myth associated with colds:

Myth: Colds are most often spread through sneezes and coughs.

Truth: Colds are spread through nasal secretions, which can be transmitted through handshakes, so wash your hands frequently.

Myth: Chicken soup cures colds.

Truth: No, but its hot steam stimulates nasal secretions, helping to eliminate the virus.