Don’t Believe These Common Myths About Winter Illnesses
There are many myths that are easy to believe surrounding illnesses, especially in the wintertime. Here we debunk some common myths so you can keep the visits to urgent care clinics to a minimum this cold season!
Myth: starve a fever and stuff and cold (or vice versa)
This is an outdated piece of information that most likely came about before standard hospitals were easily accessible. The truth is, viruses such as the flu and cold should be treated similarly with a lot of rest, plenty of fluids to boost hydration levels, and full meals with plenty of vegetables and fruits.
Myth: having a fever is always a cause for alarm
A fever is the body’s natural reaction to fend of infections and bad bacteria in the body, so developing a fever during a cold is not always a reason to worry. That is unless you have a small child, as pediatric fevers can be dangerous especially under the age of five years. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, it is always recommended to go to a walk in clinic that specializes in pediatric care.
Myth: milk worsens symptoms of congestion and coughing
On Average, between 5 and 20% of Americans will come down with the flu each year, which means there will be plenty of coughing and stuffy noses to go around. There is a myth that drinking milk will only worsen these symptoms, because the virus is the cause of the mucus, not the beverage!
Myth: eating the BRAT diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast after the flu is the best way to settle your stomach after the flu.
While these foods rarely upset an already queasy stomach, they offer almost no nutritional value for a consistent diet. Instead focus on drinking a beverage full of electrolytes and sugars to feel more replenished, and slowly introduce protein into your diet to get your energy back.
As always, it is important to discuss with a doctor if you have any health concerns or problems, and if you cannot get an appointment make sure to go to your nearby walk in clinic right away. Our doctors and nurses are here to help you with anything you may need, so don’t hesitate to come down at the first sign of a symptom.