Myth Busters

5 Common myths about common cold and flu (with video)

Published On: December 25, 2018 07:00 PM NPT By: Bipana Thapa

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: Irritated with common cold and flu?? And just continuing taking antibiotics?? It may be because you’re simply taking considerations into common myths about common cold and flu preventive measures.

Dr. Jenu Suwal Dangol, ENT-HNS from Grande International Hospital is here to bust 5 common myths about common cold and flu and share 3 ways which could help you to be away from it.

Common cold, flu: respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses.

Common Cold and flu: 5 common myths

1. Going out in the cold, or with a wet head, will cause a cold

Common cold and flu are caused due to a virus. Hair has nothing to do with developing an infection. Getting cold is not directly related with catching a cold and flu.

 2. Antibiotics will cure a cold

Common cold and flu are caused by viruses, and antibiotics only work against bacteria; they do nothing to help a viral infection.

 3. Drinking milk worsens your common cold and flu

There is no evidence that milk increases mucus production. One of the best things you can do for a cold is to stay hydrated, so if you want to drink milk, just drink.

 4. Steam inhalations protect you

It only provides you with a soothing effect but it is not the exact medication.

5. Vicks inhalers soothe your common cold and flu

They are not responsible for curing a common cold or flu. It is just the feeling because of the strong smell of the ingredient ‘Menthol’.

3 effective ways to protect yourself from common cold and flu

  1. Cleaning hands thoroughly
  2. Not using hands while sneezing
  3. Increasing liquid intake


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