Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #20

Thirteen Facts about the Common Cold (since we are all sick at my house).

  1. The greatest myth about the common cold is that susceptibility to colds requires a weakened immune system. Healthy people with normal immune systems are highly susceptible to cold virus infection once the virus enters the nose. In volunteers studies, approximately 95% of normal adults became infected when virus was dropped into the nose.
  2. Another myth - central heating dries the mucus membranes of the nose and makes a person more susceptible to catching a cold.
  3. Being cold or being sent out in the cold with no jacket/gloves/scarves do NOT lead to catching a cold.
  4. Drinking milk while having a cold does not increase production of more mucus.
  5. Feeding a cold and starving a fever is an old wives tale. There is no scientific proof that overeating while having a cold does anything, other than help you gain weight.
  6. There is no cold vaccine due to the numerous amounts of different strains of viruses that cause the common cold it would be impossible to protect against all of them.
  7. Studies suggest a person is most likely to transmit rhinoviruses in the second to fourth day of infection, when the amount of virus in nasal secretions is highest.
  8. Researchers also have shown that using aspirin to treat colds increases the amount of virus shed in nasal secretions, possibly making the cold sufferer more of a hazard to others.
  9. Handwashing is the simplest and most effective way to keep from getting rhinovirus colds. Not touching the nose or eyes is another.
  10. Every time you cough or sneeze, you release tiny droplets of fluid into the air. Those tiny droplets can fly pretty far -- up to 3 feet.
  11. Children have about six to ten colds a year. In families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year.
  12. Adults average about two to four colds a year, although the range varies widely. Women, especially those aged 20 to 30 years, have more colds than men, possibly because of their closer contact with children.
  13. Large doses of vitamin C have not been shown to prevent or shorten colds and may cause diarrhea.

So the moral of this story is you will get a cold, there is little to do to prevent it, except wash your hands until they are cracked and bleeding, don’t kiss your snotty kid and there is little you can take to make you feel better so just grin and bear it. Great…just great!


Kat January 3, 2008 at 9:30 AM  

I knew a lot of those were old wives tales but didn't know that central heat had an influence. Great post! Happy TT!

Qtpies7 January 3, 2008 at 10:20 AM  

Here we are with the crappy old flu. The only reason I wouldn't change places is that this doesn't last as long as a cold.
I almost did my TT on the things we need to survive this awful flu. LOL

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Robin January 3, 2008 at 10:33 AM  

This did dovetail well with my TT on cold remedies. I love the way that experts have to do research like #12 to figure out things any mother of small children knows.

Hope you guys feel better soon.

Anna January 3, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

am a little under the weather, too, and i totally enjoyed this post. happy new year! achoo!

Janet January 3, 2008 at 11:05 AM  

children = evil little germ spreaders! (joking!) Interesting list :-)

Thanks for visiting!

mom huebert January 3, 2008 at 11:31 AM  

I don't know-- we've found that vitamin C does seem to help the severity of a cold. We don't seem to get as sick if we take large doses as soon as we notice symptoms. But what do I know?

Sassy Lucy January 3, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

Great learning list....alas we have had the cold that plays tag in our famiyl for the past month, and mommy gets it the worst every time.
We know we need to do a lot of work on our old house to make things better.
Great theme this week, and we hope you all get better soon.

Zenmomma January 3, 2008 at 12:54 PM  

Hope you're all feeling better soon. We swear by Emergen-C here.

Dane Bramage January 3, 2008 at 1:08 PM  

So you are saying that children can be sick with colds from 12 to 24 weeks out of the year? (assuming 10 to 14 days per colds to run their course.) That sounds a bit high. The four little monsters in my house have colds now but the last time they were sick was last winter. I guess I'll count myself lucky.

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Darla January 3, 2008 at 6:24 PM  

Well, this is timely, if not very encouraging--we've all got colds here, too. Hope yours goes away soon, and that 2008 gets better!

Anonymous January 3, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

That is a lot of great information. So many people go with what they have been taught over the years. My husbands aunt (90 years old) gave him a pop once and told him, "Don't drink it so fast, you will catch a cold". There is a lot of false information out there.

Happy TT and thanks for visiting.

Joyismygoal January 3, 2008 at 9:34 PM  

I have one too and Laryngitis too and i know I just wave to somone w/it an iget it

Nicholas January 4, 2008 at 12:30 AM  

#13 seems to explode a long held myth

Anonymous January 6, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

This explains why we're such germ freaks around here! Colds are no fun! Hope you're all feeling better soon!

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