Myths busted: Cold weather and your health

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – We’re going to break down some popular myths about how cold weather can affect your health with the help of Dr. Dan Carter from Children’s of Alabama.

1.)    Cold weather can make you sick – Myth.

“That is actually false,” Carter said. “Colds are caused by viruses that are on our hands but usually in our mouths and in our noses.” Children may have runny noses more often in the winter, which can cause them to touch their face. When they do that, Carter said, they can spread germs.

2.)    Don’t go to bed with wet hair; you’ll get sick – Myth.

“You will not get a cold from wet hair. It has no effect on virus capability or spreading it.”

3.)    Exercising during the cold weather is bad for you – Myth.

“That’s a great thing,” Carter said, “And it actually strengthens your lungs so that you can handle viruses and be much better overall.”

(Here are a few more from

Myth: Allergies go away in the winter. Indoor allergies can be worse during the winter.

Myth: You don’t need sunscreen in the winter. Snow and ice can reflect harmful UV rays, and they can hit the skin twice.

Myth: Cold temperatures cause hair loss. Cold weather might even help your hair. Just think about how your dog’s fur coat gets thicker in the winter.

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