Cough Busters

The winter months are often a time when many people get sick, but is the winter the reason why you get a cold?

Sneezing, coughing, scratchy throat and runny nose are all symptoms of the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, 1 billion Americans suffer from the common cold each year.

There are many myths on ways you can catch a cold. On Wednesday, Newschannel 6 set out to dispel some of those myths. We asked Texomans what they believe causes individuals to catch the most prevalent seasonal illness.

"I feel like you're not warm enough then your body is not going to be warm enough and you're not more prone to sickness," said Jessica Caston, a local resident.

"I really think being outside after a shower, the wet hair can get you sick," said Chris Anderson, a local resident. "Going inside and going outside. Turning the heat on and off."

All the individuals thought they knew why people contract the common virus, but all of them were wrong.

Dr, B. Shanes at United Regional Physicians Group said the cold weather does not contribute to individuals getting sick, but people can.

"The reason why get sick in the winter time is actually because they're inside and around people that are sick," said Dr. Shanes.  "Viruses and bacteria spread from person to person, not from going outside or having your hair wet or having your feet bare."

Dr. Shane said there are hundreds of viruses' people can contract which cause a cold, and none are curable. He said once you have the virus, it takes anywhere between five and seven days to get rid of it.

"An antibiotic is indicated if you have a bacterial infection. Colds are caused by viruses," said Dr. Shanes. "So if you use any antibiotic to treat a cold, it's not going to do anything."

Health physicians say if you are experiencing a cold, the best thing to do id to purchase over the counter medications and stay away from the doctor's office to prevent infecting others.

Common Cold Prevention Tips:

·         Wash your hands frequently

·         Don’t cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands

·         Avoid touching your face with your hands

·         Exercise Regularly

·         Take Vitamin C or immune builder supplements

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6