Cold and Flu Myths & Facts
MYTH 1: Feed a cold and starve a fever (or vice versa).
TRUTH: Either way it’s wrong. Eat healthy to get healthy.
MYTH 2: Antibiotics cure colds and flu.
TRUTH: The cold and flu are viruses. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections.
MYTH 3: Cold weather causes a cold.
TRUTH: Cold temperatures with low absolute humidity levels can increase transmission of viruses.
MYTH 4: Drinking milk produces more mucus.
TRUTH: It has no impact on mucus production but it is full of vitamins and minerals.
MYTH 5: The flu vaccine can give you the flu.
TRUTH: The virus in the vaccine is inactive and can’t cause an infection.
MYTH 6: Sweat it out.
TRUTH: Dehydration can make you feel worse. Drink lots of fluids.
FACT 1: Go for a steam.
Inhaling steam loosens mucus and opens blocked airways.
FACT 2: Gargle with salt water.
A sore throat can be soothed by gargling with warm water mixed with salt.
FACT 3: Eat chicken soup.
The steam helps with congestion while the broth keeps you hydrated.
FACT 4: Blow your nose often.
Sniffling can encourage a sinus infection.
FACT 5: Cool mists help.
Humidifiers can help ease nasal congestion.
FACT 6: Hog the pillows.
An extra pillow elevates the head to open nasal passages and drain congestion.