Common Cold Myths - Busted!

House Call Doctor dispels some famous common cold myths.

Sanaz Majd, MD
1-minute read

Here are some myths about the common cold that are JUST NOT TRUE:

  • You don’t get a cold by letting your feet get cold, going to bed with wet hair, or going outside without a jacket. No matter how many moms or grandmothers say so, it just isn’t true.

  • Starving colds and feeding fevers is dumb advice. Just eat healthy food no matter how you feel. Listen to Nutrition Diva (come to think of it, she even has an episode about foods that may help you catch fewer colds).

  • Drinking extra fluids doesn’t do more than make you have to pee a lot. Just drink enough to avoid dehydration.

  • Green mucous doesn’t mean you need antibiotics. Mucous will eventually turn green in most colds.

  • Bronchitis is a term describing inflammation in the airways leading to the lungs. Doctors use this term for people with a loose cough. Most bronchitis is viral, and does not require antibiotics.

Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.