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Going Out in the Cold Without Socks: a New Trend or a Source for Colds?

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Going out without socks

We discussed a popular habit of teenagers with a doctor, and also found out what unexpected complications colds could bring this season.


When you look at many young people, you are likely to wonder: how can someone go out in 15-degree weather in sneakers and cropped jeans, but without socks! We decided to ask Doctor Pavel Yakovlevich what happens when different parts of the body are exposed in cold weather (legs, neck, hands)?

“It is impossible to get sick without a virus,” Pavel Yakovlevich reminds us first of all. “In order to catch a cold, it is necessary that viruses present in our bodies are activated. And for this, a person needs to be cold: when you are freezing, your immunity is not as strong. This can happen even if you wear thirty coats but are not active. At the same time, if you actively move, and you have your ankle, neck, or other body part exposed, you cannot get sick, because you will not freeze.”

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As you know, colds are triggered by viruses, against which antibiotics are powerless. Taking such medications for acute respiratory viral infections is a big mistake, as these drugs can worsen the condition by creating an extra burden on the liver and kidneys. But the catch is that in an organism weakened by a virus attack, harmful bacteria can become active. This is where the complications begin. "This season, mutated viruses from different families of ARVI can cause the most unexpected complications," warns Doctor Maria Kirillova.

To determine the onset and type of complication, you must always consult a doctor and take at least blood and urine tests.

According to doctors, complications occur more often on the 4th - 5th day after the onset of acute respiratory infections. The risk of having complications is higher for those who have chronic diseases, who are older, or who are pregnant.

Reference: KP