Does going out in the cold with wet hair really make you sick?

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Does going out in the cold with wet hair really make you sick?

Do you remember back then at school swimming or swimming trips with the family ? It was always said: “Blow dry your hair until it’s completely dry, otherwise you’ll catch a cold!” Is that really true? Here’s the answer.

Do we get sick if we go out with wet hair?
The short answer is: no. Although we are probably colder than we would be without wet hair, we are less likely to get sick from it. The American doctor Dr. Bita Nasseri tells HelloGiggles that wet hair doesn’t increase the chance of getting sick in the winter cold.

“Most of the things that make us ill are taken in through our breathing (i.e. nose and mouth). Viruses, bacteria and other pathogens enter the body through our respiratory tract and cause illness in this way”. Anyone who hates blow-drying their hair or rubbing it dry can now breathe a sigh of relief – wet hair does not increase the chance of contracting the disease.

How can we prevent colds in the cold season?
“Our noses are our body’s natural filtering mechanism,” says Dr. Nasseri. When it gets colder outside, our mucous membranes tend to dry out, making them less efficient. As the mucus gets thicker and thicker, it creates a blockage and the unwanted pathogens get stuck in there longer. “So what actually makes us sick is a dry, cracked nose.” dr Nasseri recommends blowing your nose regularly and keeping the inside of your nose moist, for example with a saltwater spray.

Are there any consequences to going out in the cold with wet hair?
While going outside with wet or damp hair when it’s cold has little effect on our overall health, it does have an effect on our hair health. When our hair is damp, it is also more prone to frizziness and static electricity. If we go out in the cold with wet hair, frozen water can get trapped in the hair shaft. Because water expands when it freezes, hair breaks more easily. If you want to protect your hair, you should think twice before going out in the cold with wet/damp hair.

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