cold

United States
March 26, 2009 7:20pm CST
i found out when my son had a cold it was good to take him outside in the cold weather that it would help him get rid of it as well as help him clear his lungs, i was shocked when the dr told me this, you don't catch a cold from being outside infact its inpossable to catch one because a cold virus cant live in the cold.
1 person likes this
4 responses
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
15 Apr 09
That is an interesting information, I didn't know that... I always thought that people get colds when they stay too long in a chilly environment. So that means that the cold weather also helps clear the lungs? does that apply to airconditioned air too? or does it have to be natural cold air?
@bluemars (952)
• Australia
28 Mar 09
Wow but I thought that one should stay warm and even heat up their body to help get rid of it. I was reading somewhere of people that sweat it out. It is great whatever tips though there are out there that can help battle the sickness. It is not a nice feeling and I am actually still a bit sick myself I think I may have a sinus infection after my cold or flu thing. I can not wait to get better.
• United States
27 Mar 09
That is the dumbest thing I've every heard. It is true that being out in the cold is not what makes you sick, you have to come in contact with a germ or virus. However, it would have to be below freezing for an extended period to actally kill a cold virus out in the open. Once someone has a cold, taking them outside is not going to affect the virus as it is already inside the body, where it is nice and warm. It would just tire out the person more as they tried to stay warm, weakening them further. While recommending that someone take a brief walk outside while sick is not necessarly bad advice, as it give mild excercise and "gets the blood flowing," saying that sticking a sick person out in the cold will make them better is just irresponsible.
• United States
27 Mar 09
My oldest used to get croup and actually being out in the cold worked even better than his machine that gave him his medicine at clearing his lungs. Yes it seems odd but you are right it works.