Debunking Common Health Myths

  • July 1, 2023
  • 1 minute read

Myth: Dry skin causes wrinkles

Fact: Dry skin does not cause wrinkles but sun damage and smoking do; so slap on that sunscreen and ditch the cigarettes. If you are very dehydrated, however, your skin will appear more wrinkled, so use a moisturiser to help smooth away some lines.

Myth: Sleeping with wet hair causes a cold

Fact: Sleeping with wet hair might make you feel colder, but it won’t give you a cold – which you can only get through a viral infection. There is no scientific evidence to suggest sleeping with wet hair gives you a headache either.

Myth: Tilt your head to stop nosebleeds

Fact: Do not tilt your head back during a nosebleed because the blood will go into your throat and stomach, which can cause nausea and vomiting. Instead, tilt your head forward and press the fleshy part of your nose for 10 minutes. If you are still bleeding after half an hour, seek medical attention.

Myth: Varicose veins are caused by crossing your legs or standing

Fact: Varicose veins are caused by vein problems resulting from genetics, obesity, inactivity, age and pregnancy. They can be treated with methods ranging from compression stockings to injections to surgical procedures.

Myth: Feeling pain while exercising means you are getting a good workout

Fact: Feeling genuine pain while exercising means you are either doing it wrongly or have already injured yourself. Stop and rest, and be sure to see a doctor if the pain gets worse.

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