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Top 10 old man winter myths, true or false?

(WEAU) - Now that we're almost a full month into winter, it’s time to figure out which old man winter myths are true and which ones are false.

There are myths like preventing dry skin and wearing a hat outside, but do they really matter?

"Essentially you can lose the same amount of heat from anywhere in the body which is exposed," said Humayun Khan, Chief Medical Officer of Sacred Heart Hospital.

Dr. Khan with Sacred Heart Hospital says you can't lose most of your heat from your head.

But what about myth #2? People can't get allergies in the winter?

"Most of the trees aren't pollenating but indoor allergies like pet dander, dust mites and molds are very common,” said Khan.

Even myth #3, catching a cold from being outside too long isn't true. You’re more likely to get a cold from being inside in winter, because the windows aren’t open and everyone is breathing the same air more often.

But I wanted to see what people on the street thought about other popular myths.

"Do you think you should wear sunscreen in the winter?" asked WEAU’s Courtney Everett.

"Yes. Absolutely. I've gotten so many sunburns when I’ve been snowboarding on the hills and everything like that,” said Kayla Haldeman UWEC Senior.

She's right about myth #4.

"Do you think we need more sleep in the winter?” asked Everett.

"I think all year round you basically need enough sleep,” said Pa Nyia, UWEC Sophomore.

She's right too about myth #5.

Then there's the myth, can chicken noodle soup really zap a cold away? Well Dr. Khan says just eating a bowl can help.

"I know zinc oxide helps, but I don't think chicken soup actually does," said Haldeman.

"Having chicken soup help liquefy the mucus,” said Khan.

Then there's myth #7, people think dry skin is just an annoyance.

"I think it’s actually harmful. I have sensitive skin and when my skin gets dry in the winter they bleed,” said Nyia, who is correct.

Yet, what about myth # 8, that frostbite doesn't happen easily.

"Within 30 minutes an exposed part of the body can get frostbite," said Khan.

Myth #9 is you can't exercise in cold which is also false, but then our myth #10 is about depression.

“Do you think more people are depressed during winter months than any other time of the year?” asked Everett.

"I don't think so," said Nyia, who is correct.

A lot of people do have what's called ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder,’ which has symptoms similar to depression.

It's caused by lack of light, but experts say depression does not spike during winter months.


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