Does Drinking Cold Water Cause Cold?

Cold Water

Drinking cold water does not directly cause a cold. The common cold is caused by viruses, most commonly the rhinovirus. It is a contagious illness that spreads through exposure to infected respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes of an infected person, or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face, especially your nose or mouth.

However, drinking cold water or being exposed to cold temperatures can temporarily lower your body’s core temperature. This can potentially weaken your immune system’s defenses temporarily, making you more susceptible to infections, including the common cold. Additionally, the sensation of coldness in your throat or chest when drinking cold water might briefly mimic the feeling of a sore throat or congestion associated with a cold, but it is not the same as actually having a cold.

It’s important to understand that contracting a cold is primarily a result of exposure to the virus, not the temperature of the food or beverages you consume. Staying hydrated with cold or room temperature water is generally not a risk factor for getting a cold.

To reduce your risk of catching a cold, it’s important to practice good hygiene, such as regular handwashing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that supports your immune system.

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