Is it true that you will fall sick when you are caught in a rain?

October 17, 2008 8:18pm CST
My grandmother always reminds me to bathe in hot water when I am caught in a rain. She says that you will fall sick if you do not do so. I asked her for an explanation and she could not produce a scientific one. Can anyone tell me why is this true?
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@jewilim (495)
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
When i was still young we usually play in the rain, i have heard that others even take a bath in the rain, maybe they are just desperate to becom sick. hehe Actually when i get wet in the rain my mother always remind me to immediately take a bath. Maybe because it is cold in the rain and we may catch a cold or flu.
@winzpc (2356)
• Indonesia
19 Oct 08
I think it depends with the situation. According to my experience, I don't take a bath if only my body is caught in a rain and I don't get any sickness from that. But if my head or hair is caught by rain, I will take a bath to wash my hair. My mom says that if your hair wet because rain, I will get a headache or fever. Keep post happy myLotting...
• India
18 Oct 08
You fall sick if you contract a disease and some diseases come from germs which may be present in teh rain water. Just by going in rain water youdo not fall sick.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
18 Oct 08
No, not always. I love the rain. I dance in it and walk in it and drink it. I am not any sicker than anyone else. You can not get sick from the cold itself, but you are more vulnerable to getting a cold in it. If you're not terribly freezing, you'll be fine. A little water won't hurt you, but it is best to dry up soon because it will make your skin dry and itchy when it is moist for too long.
@Munchkin547 (2778)
18 Oct 08
It's true that you might get a cold or even pneumonia if you are out in the rain and cold for a very long time, i don't know it having a hot bath would help but getting warm is certainly the best thing to do! I think that years and years ago when people didn't have proper medical care etc then this could be a lot worse because if you did get ill there was less chance of you recovering! xxx