Three Common Winter Health Myths to Stop Believing
The winter months often bring a slew of illness our way. From the flu to the common cold, many find themselves bundled up indoors, avoiding whatever ailment their friends or family have been struck with.
Though a healthy diet and proper handwashing are some of the more efficient ways to ensure you protect yourself against germs each day, there are still some widespread misconceptions that some fall victim to. When it comes to your winter health, we are here to help separate the myths from the facts:
Myth 1: Not Wearing a Coat Can Lead to a Cold
Everyone has heard the “put a coat on; you’ll catch a cold!” saying from an older family member before. And though it is important to bundle up on colder days, the temperature outside will not directly lead you to a cold.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viruses and bacterial infections are spread with contact or close contact with someone who has the virus or bacteria, especially when they are coughing or sneezing. Wearing fewer layers will lead to discomfort, and if you repeatedly step outside without a coat, your immune system could lower, but it does not directly lead you to illness.
Myth 2: Allergies Only Occur During Seasonal Change
Though summer and spring allergies like pollen and dander subside in the winter months, there are several indoor allergens found in the home that could signal allergy symptoms. Dust mites, mold, and pet dander can all be common triggers that leave you with cold-like symptoms throughout the winter months. So while the outdoor allergens might stop, many find themselves now battling a whole new set of indoor ones.
Myth 3: You Don’t Need Sunscreen in the Winter
Though the UVB rays are stronger in the summer, they are still damaging year-round, making SPF a vital part of your skincare routine. Not to mention, when participating in winter sports, the sun rays can bounce off the snow and hit your skin twice, leaving you with an unexpected sunburn. Look for a moisturizer that contains an SPF and work it into your daily routine.
Consider Our Wellness Services
Are you looking to stay healthy all year long? At Kirby Medical Center, we offer a variety of wellness benefits, such as exercise classes and healthy meal options, dedicated to your whole health. Read more
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