Does Wet Hair & Cold Equal A Cold?

The simple answer is no. Despite your mother and their mother telling us otherwise, going outside with your hair wet will not give you a cold. The fact is, when you are cold your body’s immune system is lower. So, if you are cold and on top of that your hair is wet? You are more likely to get a cold than the guy who is toasty because your immune system looks like a fun house for some 200 different viruses lurking around. It has nothing to do with your wet hair, although your wet hair makes you colder. BUT your wet hair is not a “Welcome” sign to any germs, they are not looking for wet hair. If you have recently been exposed to someone who was sick, you are more likely to get a cold. If you go to school, you are more likely to get sick. During the winter you are more likely to get sick because your mucus lining is dryer than in the summer months, therefore less protection. The simple act of walking around with wet hair, no shoes, no jacket, etc. does not give you a cold. It just weakens your immune system so you have a higher probability of getting a cold than if you had dry hair/are warm. This drives me crazy when I hear someone start freaking out about their child going outside after they have had a bath. You have to have been exposed to some sort of virus to get a virus, not wash your hair and walk outside.

{Pilgrim On The Run}

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