Can the Cold Give You a Cold?

It is often caused by a viral infection, though bacteria can cause severe sore throat followed by serious complications. “Bad weather does not cause colds,” says Carl Olden, MD, a family practitioner in Yakima, Wash., who explains that Alaskans and Canadians living year-round above the Arctic Circle have no more winter colds than folks who live in Australia. Not a problem if you have your face covered with a mask or scarf. NHS Direct has seen a threefold rise in the number of calls about flu, colds and sore throats this winter, but the unwelcome news is that the majority of us will actually have to face the misery of at least two or three more cases this year. Caused by Streptococcus, it affects mainly boys or girls between 5 and 15, producing such as typical symptoms of sore throat as swallowing problems; red throat sometimes accompanied with white, purulent patches; loss of appetite; swollen glands; nasal congestion, muscle pain, join discomfort, etc. Allen specializes in travel, health/fitness, animals and other topics.

Its highly likely you would get a sore throat from drinking a cold liquid from the same glass as a person with a sore throat. Yes, you could stay toasty and get some miles in on the treadmill, but it’s just never as satisfying as breathing in fresh air and feeling the wind against you. The bacteria that causes the majority of throat infections, such as strep throat and tonsillitis, is called streptococcus group A (strep A). It can involve irritation, discomfort and itchiness of the throat, which can make it difficult or painful to swallow food and liquids. This is especially true in winter, when rooms get drier because of the heating – which in turn can lead to a scratchy throat and end up causing pain and discomfort. If exercising in the freezing cold causes you to have coughing fits and a sore throat, you’re not alone.


Sore throat refers to the pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat, leading to difficulty in swallowing food and liquid. FICTION! Have you noticed that during the winter your skin is drier than any other time of the year? Colds, however, initially affect only the upper respiratory tract – the nose, throat and upper chest. The flu (used to be called the grippe), is a viral infection that comes on suddenly, usually bringing fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough and a general weakness. A significant body defense to inhaled pathogens is the hairs in your nose and the cilia (hair-like projections) in your airways.

I notice that every year when it gets cold and heat comes on we all start sneezing and wake up with sore throats. When the lemon is soft you can swallow it. Bronchitis occurs when an irritant or infection causes inflammation and swelling of the lining of the bronchial tubes. An ordinary sore throat begins with minor scratchiness and ends up being extremely dry, throbbing and sensitive. It’s tempting to rack up the central heating and stay inside, but most of us have to venture outside sometimes. I think we all have ‘sensitive’ ears (or the cheeck bone beneath).

I put it down to just the cold damp salty air but it was straightforward asthma. It’s a common myth that has been disproven in the medical field — colds are more common in the wintertime because people often stay indoors in close quarters, thereby allowing germs to thrive and move more freely from person to person. Gross. Are those the main reasons why most of us catch the common cold during the cold winter months? The uvula, which is also referred to as the palatine uvula, is situated in the middle of the soft palate, on the back edge. In college, a sore throat usually led to strep throat.

Usually you do not need to see the doctor – but if you still have a sore throat after two weeks it’s best to get it checked by your doctor. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. From a stuffy head to that whistling in your nostrils, breathing’s no breeze this time of year. David B. While it was thought for years that breathing cold air exacerbated EIB, more recent studies indicate that the dryness of the air, rather than the temperature, is the more likely trigger.