Wet Hair


Q: Will going outside with wet hair result in a cold, or is my mother just plain crackers?


A: It’s no longer our place to judge your mom’s mental status, but we sure hope the old bat doesn’t practice medicine. “The combination of a wet head and chilly outdoor temperature might make you shiver, but it won’t increase your chance of catching a cold,” explains A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan. But your mom isn’t the only person to fall for this whopper: Thirty-seven percent of adults think blow-drying their hair before leaving the house somehow increases their immunity, according to a recent study. And in case you’re wondering, weather changes don’t cause colds, not wearing enough clothes outside in bad weather doesn’t cause colds, and the cold fairy does not leave “cold pixie germs” under your pillow. Duh.



 

Once and for all, the only way to pick up a cold is by making direct contact with a cold virus. Hundreds of ’em lurk out there, especially during cooler months when the crappy weather keeps you indoors and in closer contact with that phlegmy cube mate who insists on high-fiving you about last night’s game. Paw your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching an infected person or surface and congratulations—you’ve just introduced millions of viral particles into your system. Best advice? Skip antibiotics, which don’t do anything to kill the cold but could make you more immune to medicines you might need in the future.


The best you can do is to treat your symptoms—Cepacol for a sore throat, decongestants for the snot factor, Nyquil for fun, and Risperdal to stop the loud voices in your head.

 

So wash your hands, stay hydrated, and keep the hell away from us.

 

 


 

 


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