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Old 02-28-2014, 05:30 PM
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A buddy of mine has a bad cold, chest congestion, coughing, all the symptoms of a pretty severe cold. He said he was afraid he was going to get sick because he was working on his roof in the cold & rain. I told him you don't get sick because of being cold and wet and you have to be exposed to the cold virus. Of course I don't know what I'm talking about. He said everyone knows you get sick when you are exposed to cold temperatures and a wet environment.

I must be really dumb cuz I didn't know that.

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Being cold and wet will lower your natural resistance. Having said that, you do have to be exposed to the virus.
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IMO, old wives tale !
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I have this argument with my wife all the time. Yes your immune system is compromised and you are more susceptible to catching a cold when you are cold but like you said you'd have to be exposed to a virus at the same time.
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Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
Being cold and wet will lower your natural resistance. Having said that, you do have to be exposed to the virus.
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Damn three post all saying the same thing posted at the same time. We must be experts!
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you can get sick from getting cold and wet
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Being cold and wet will lower your natural resistance. Having said that, you do have to be exposed to the virus.
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Warm whiskey and black pepper. Works every time.
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So what your saying is, the guy that gives you the virus has to be cold and wet?
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Being cold and wet will lower your natural resistance. Having said that, you do have to be exposed to the virus.
Yep, Sickest I think I ever got was after rescuing my grounded sailboat. Spent 1/2 hr.+ in and out of 35* water, mostly wading, a little swimming. Was trying knots with my fists(fingers wouldn't work). Emptied the hot water heater showering at the house it was moored at and woke up the next morning sick. Really wish I knew what my core temp was that day.
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NO you don't catch a cold from being cold and wet, or if you go out with wet hair, or if you go outside without a coat. According to Every Day Health being cold and wet has nothing to do with your resistance either. You can only catch a cold from the cold virus. If being cold and wet makes you sick all of us in the north and all Canadians would be sick all of the time.


On the contrary, cold weather appears to stimulate the immune system, according to a study by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, says Dr. Belilovsky. "Researchers examined the immunological responses to cold exposure and found that acute cold exposure, such as going outside without a jacket, actually appears to activate the immune system." This occurs in part by increasing the levels of circulating norepinephrine, one of the body's hormones, which works as a natural decongestant.
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So what your saying is, the guy that gives you the virus has to be cold and wet?
No no no
If the virus gets cold and wet, it will turn your boat orange
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No no no
If the virus gets cold and wet, it will turn your boat orange
Then you go to band camp
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I have this argument with my wife all the time. Yes your immune system is compromised and you are more susceptible to catching a cold when you are cold and your core body temp has been lowered. like you said you'd have to be exposed to a virus at the same time.


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The cold virus does thrive in cold/dry environments which is why cold season is in the winter when the temps and humidity are down.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
The cold virus does thrive in cold/dry environments which is why cold season is in the winter when the temps and humidity are down.
Low humidity also irritates the sinuses, opening up a direct route for the bugs to assimilate.
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I get it. If you work on your roof and get cold and wet don't go swimming after Ghost ships sailboat!

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Eskimos don't have a word for colds, they never got them (can't remember where I read this... maybe it's made up!).

We get more colds in the winter as we are inside more, in places less fresh air, around people (close) more in the winter.
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