February 21, 2019
- Man Flu does not exist! True
He said: “There is no real evidence to suggest there is anything such as ‘man flu’. In most cases the symptoms are similar to a common cold (sneezing, coughing, head cold and runny nose) and not caused by the influenza virus. However, recent medical research does indicate than men take longer to recover from colds and flu and have more side effects than females, hence why the term ‘man flu’ was created.
- Green mucus means a chest infection. False
Green phlegm or snot does not mean you needs a course of antibiotics to get better. Most of the infections that generate lots of phlegm and snot are viral illnesses and will get better on their own although you can expect to feel pretty poorly for a few weeks or by using over the counter medicines.
- You can only catch cold through coughs and sneezes. False.
- Chicken soup cures colds. False
There is no real evidence to suggest this, but studies have shown Chicken Soup usually has ingredients into, which are vital for the immune system, especially when suffering with a cold. Warm liquids also speed up the movement of mucus through the nose and prevent dehydration.
- Going out with wet hair will give you a cold. False.
Colds and flus are usually spread by viruses, so going out with wet hair would not normally cause you to get a cold. However, it isn’t advised to go out with wet hair, especially in cold weather.
- Vitamin C won’t stop a cold. True
It won’t stop it, but it will help speed up your recovery and boost your immune system.
- ‘Feed a cold, starve a fever’. False
This is an old wives’ tale and isn’t true. The body needs to be fed with food and drink full of nutrients to help it recover, so cutting down could take the recovery period longer.
- It can be too late to get the flu vaccine. False.
The best time to have a flu jab is in Autumn, but having one later than this can help you from getting certain strains of the virus.
- Flying will increase your risk of catching a cold or flu. Possibly.
Being in confined spaces close to people who may have a cold or flu, makes your chances of catching it higher. Plans recycle germs, so sadly you could be more susceptible when flying.
- The flu is simply a really bad cold. False
Symptoms are much more than a common cold and usually take a person much longer to recover. The flu jab makes you sick. False.
- I have had the flu, so don’t need the jab. False
There are various strains of flu around and even if you have had the flu, it is worth having the jab to prevent another bout of flu hitting your immune system.
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