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It's Friday once again! It's been in some ways, a long week. We've all been fighting a cold here. My other half ended up in the hospital (catch and release) because his went into bronchitis. So I thought I'd share some myths about the common cold and flu... and some that may not be myths.

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According to health.com Chicken soup may actually help reduce inflammation and may make you feel better if you have a cold.

They also state that going outside with wet hair won't cause a cold, or make you more susceptible, unless it's cold enough to cause hypothermia because of it. I don't think it would be very comfortable or wise either way.

According to WebMD

You can't get swine flu from eating pork, so there is no need to give up bacon.

While antibiotics can't fight the flu (it's viral not bacterial) there ARE two treatments for the flu that are effective if taken early:

Two antiviral drugs are highly effective against the flu: Tamiflu, in pill form, and Relenza, which is inhaled. These drugs are most effective if taken within 48 hours of your first flu symptoms. But the drugs are beneficial even if taken 48 hours after symptom onset.
The flu can be dangerous for anyone, not just the elderly or the young. 90% of deaths from swine flu have been in people under 65.

Several sites mention "Feed a cold, starve a fever".
For both a cold and fever you want to increase fluids, and eat well balanced meals of appropriate caloric intake. Dieting or not eating right while you have a cold can actually prolong the cold.

The best method to prevent a cold: Wash your hands and avoid others with colds as much as possible. Going outside in the cold will not cause you to get a cold, and it can actually help prevent them because most colds are passed indoors because people avoid going out in the winter.

So get out, enjoy the winter, and avoid the common cold.

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