Is my girlfriend crazy, or is it possible to "sweat out a cold"?

I tell her that's nonsense, but could it actually take longer for her cold to go away? She is very, very serious about it (she just has a stuffy nose and a cough), so much so that this is what she wore all day, just doing house chores and refuses to take it off lol:

Is my girlfriend crazy, or is it possible to


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  • Myth: You can sweat out a cold

    Verdict: When you're feeling fluey, you're willing to try anything to get rid of the aches and pains and stuffy nose, and while having a hot bath or rugging up may mean you feel better, it won't make a difference to your recovery time. "You won't get rid of a cold by sweating it out," Dr McCoy says.

    Dr Hampson says that sometimes our body naturally develops a high temperature in order to get rid of an illness, but forcing it to heat up won't help.

    www.bodyandsoul.com.au/.../1d65ef67c3d3b7a1cf998d629dc325c3

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  • there's no science that shows sweating out a cold, which is really sweating out a the aches and pains from fever, will improve recovery time

    but you can potentially feel better. like taking a very hot bath may help sooth the aches and pains, but the sweating aspect won't help reduce recovery time

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  • No, that won't make a difference and it might make her more uncomfortable. Make sure she gets rest, lots of fluids, and takes the proper cold medicine on time.

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    • I'm trying to tell her that it doesn't work, but her mom and grandma both swear that you can "sweat out a cold"... is there any truth to telling her that it might make her cold last longer? Then maybe I can convince her to change...

    • Her mom and grandmother probably believe in a lot old wives tales. Well you can bend the truth and say it will be productive for her to take a hot shower regularly.

  • yes, it works. I do the same. if she believes it helps, it may be helping her psychologically, if not physically.

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    • There is no way you do the same as her lol... she seems to have gone overboard... lol

  • I think I'm with the boys on this one, sweating naturally is fine and okay but the way she's doing it might make her have super high fever and she might have other stuff happening aside from just a simple cold.
    Drinking lemon tea with honey and wait until it's gone naturally is far better for you.

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  • is she still alive? does she still have the cold? and does she now have any additional problems? .. like heatstroke

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    • lol she definitely looked overheated but she is fine and feeling better today but she is doing it again (one last time she says...)

  • Um I dont really think that works your immune system has to work on its own since a cold is a virus and you want take antibiotics she's needs to hydrate and rest and probably be with a tissue box all day for congestion purposes she needs to get all the shit out of her (snot and all that)

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    • Actually the heat helps to kill viruses and infections, so it's far from stupid.. But in some cases it just won't work.

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    • @ThatGuy123456789 I meant to put dont 😂😂😂

    • Oh Right. I think this site needs an edit function. But I find it amazing that we can cure some cancer and do brain surgery but we can't cure the common cold.

  • I don't think thats how it works, colds are viral infections.. not water that your body naturally sweats out lol She could end up giving herself a fever.

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  • She isn't CRAZY. When you have a cold you are willing too try anything too get better. It won't make a difference to your recovery time. "You won't get rid of a cold by sweating it out.

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  • She's actually much better off staying hydrated & resting. Like sleeping. Her body needs to be taking in more at the moment not letting it out.

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  • Lmfao I'm dying but years that's true. She's not crazy lol. Hilarious 😂

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    • I meant yes not years lol

    • really? I came on here expecting every to agree with me and call her crazy, but now everyone is saying she is right... lol... I don't even know what to think lol can't it be bad for her to spend hours in that suit?

    • Well staying in it for hours isn't good. 1 hour is good enough but when you sweat it takes the cold/Fever away cause it comes out with the sweat. It's good to sweat for a bit to release all the germs but to long is over doing it. So fucking funny though 😂

  • You cannot sweat out a cold. She looks ridiculous. Tell her to lay down and drink fluids and wait it out like everyone else does.

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  • Hahaha couldn't help but laugh this is too cute. I'm not sure but I hope she feels better soon

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  • She is - amazingly - correct. By sweating it means a rise in body temperature has occured. This increase in temperature will actually kill some germs.

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    • But the increase in temperature can also cause proteins to slowly denaturate after long time wearing this

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    • No your body raises it temperature in reaction to a virus it has nothing to do with getting rid of it. Germs is not an actual term it is bacteria and it is a cold we are talking about so it isn't bacteria its a virus.

    • Your immune system kills bacteria and inactivates viruses with white blood cells and then your Kidneys and Liver filter the waste from your blood.

  • I do this. I take a really hot shower, then I layer up in sweatshirts and pants. And I sleep under two blankets. The sweating is uncomfortable but I feel better as the days go on.

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  • I disagree. Colds are viral infections that are basically untouchable. I swear by rest in bed and soup.

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    • soup is freaking amazing for when you are sick, a good soup is good for when you are sick or cold or just need a good meal

    • Yup. Soup is hot, easy to swallow and little chewing. It slinks down with no effort. Plus it's tasty.

      Sadly it doesn't have healing properties haha. When I'm sick I stay in bed, tv on low volume, and consume only soup and tea with honey in. My boyfriend is pretty good - he knows how I like it all. Likewise when he's sick I know he needs a blanket while he games, or total silence while he naps, and hot chocolate with honey and cream at room temperature (he won't have hot drinks) and homemade turkey veg soup or a simple sandwich.

  • That's nuts. A cold is a virus. You just have to wait it out.

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    • Our body responds to the cold virus by creating a fever. Raising our body temperature kills the virus. The old timers used to swear by it. Creating a hot toddy type drink going to bed with mounds of covers over you sweating like a pig and waking up the next morning feeling fine. Raised your body's temperature killed the virus.

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    • What internet reading? I learned this in Biology

    • You are correct about the increase in body temperature slowing the virus but your immune system does most of the work.

  • It's 100000% possible and correct.

    Going to a sauna could for some people if caught at the right time help clear it up!

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    • No the body gets rid of viruses through the immune system, Kidneys and Liver.

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    • and a cold will not necessarily give you a fever.

    • It is true because it's been done!!!

  • Actually, she would be better off having a steam shower (half hour) followed by a good wash. That way all the germs etc are getting washed away.

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  • She should just try exercising instead or steaming/sauna which is really sweating out a cold the proper way

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    • You can't sweat out a virus, pathogens such as viruses and bacteria are stopped by your immune system and the waste is removed from the blood by the Kidneys and Liver.

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    • The only way you could male your body get rid of a virus faster is to take antiviral drugs but those aren't given out for colds.

    • ^*make

  • In a sauna maybe but not by wearing certain clothes

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  • Colds are caused by viruses. You can not sweat a virus out your body.

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  • she can sweat out a fever... but a cold? never heard that one...

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    • Not to sound like a know it all but the body sweats when you have a fever to lower the temperature it has nothing to do with getting rid of the fever.

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    • I was arguing with someone else earlier about this.

    • 👌u good.

  • yes. apparently that works for some people.( because they are the people I know). I see that it works for them well. however there is also people who get better by just sleeping a lot and eat when they can. ( don't really want to admit but I'm in this group too).

    When you get a cold listen to your body. whatever it tells you to do, just do it. (this is different for each individuals.) For example for some people their body will tells them to go out and exercise and when they do they get better but for some people their body tells them to just rest and rest a lots and when they follow it they get better. So it's important to listens to your body when you get a cold.

    For your girlfriend she is probably in a group where she feels if she excercise she will get better. anyway tell me the result of her action if you can because I would like to know if that works for her. thanks.

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  • maybe she has a fever and feel cold. Better take her tempeture.

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  • yup she's 100% having a fever or creating a sweat is the best way the best way to rid a cold or flu

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    • Agree

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    • Yes the body increases its temperature to stop or slow the virus but your immune system does most of the work. If you make yourself sweat you would only be making it harder for your body to get rid of the virus by dehydrating yourself.

    • Making yourself sweat won't allow you to get rid of the virus any quicker.

  • No! You cannot sweat out a cold! Sorry, but that's BS!

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    • Thank you dr. adam.

    • @Regular1 my name isn't Adam. It's my first initial and my last name. I'm not a doctor, but I am a nurse.

    • And you're pretty hot too. I would bone you.

  • I heard it works but it never did for me. Maybe she's done it before. Most people use a sauna too

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  • it's true, when you sweat you're getting rid of toxins and bacteria, it has helped me

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    • No your Kidneys and Liver are responsible for removing toxins from your body not sweat.

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    • Sweating will just dehydrate you, your body increases its temperature when you are sick to help fight the virus. Viruses dont replicate as well in higher temperatures.

    • You need bed rest and plenty of water when you are sick.

  • Haha i've heard of it before but I don't know if it works

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  • You should make her do sports

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    • in that suit? she would pass out lol...

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    • lol, she's crazy enough to listen to me haha, what should I make her do exactly?

    • Condition exercises, jumping, running, etc

  • Yes you can sweat out a cold!

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    • So many people agree with you, but I'm still not convinced. Don't you think it's not good for her to wear that outfit for hours on end?

    • Do you even know a difference between an infection and a virus? You can't sweat out a Viral infection aka Cold/Flu...

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  • While sweat removes toxins from the body, dehydration will only make matters worse. Plus the sweat is being kept close to the skin with clothing like that. The only thing that will truly cure a cold is adequate nutrition, proper hydration and excess rest. Medicine helps symptoms, but our bodies do the work and actually cure us. She would have to sweat completely naked, like in a sauna which saps the strength your body needs to fight off infection.

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    • Sweat doesn't remove toxins, that's a myth. Toxins are removed from the body by the intestines, liver and kidneys.

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    • No the reason why we sweat is to control body temperature thats it. The only thing we lose through sweat is water. The Kidneys and Liver remove toxins from the body not sweat.

    • Zinc, copper and iron are required for our bodies to function properly and copper is found in our bones, muscles and liver. Nitrogen is found in our bones and teeth, none of that is excreted through sweat.

  • A wetsuit? Yeah, I don't think that's what's going to cure a cold. LOL
    How 'bout plenty of liquids, a couple of IB's, some cough drops, and sleep, or rest.
    A cold is a virus - it has to be dealt with on a cellular level within your body - there is no magic bullet. You have to develop the antibodies that kill the virus cells. It takes some time, and has to run it's course. Antibiotics do nothing for this.

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  • You cannot do anything to counteract a virus. Cold Eeze zinc lozenges and Emergen-C will lesson the symptoms but not the duration. It must run its course.
    Wearing a rubber suit can cause dehydration at a time when you really need fluids.
    These are medical facts. She is not helping herself.
    ~JSmith

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  • if it works it works. you can't tell her what to do. get on with your day

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    • lol, you are right about that... can't it be bad for her to wear it though?

    • nah lol just keep an eye on her. if she passes out, strip her ;)

    • and make sure she drinks lots of water

  • As long as she drinks enough, it at least won't hurt her.

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    • thanks, that's actually good to know!

  • I have never tried it with a cold, but I think it does help when I have a fever. I will avoid taking any medication that reduces fever (assuming it is not dangerously high) and do as much physical activity as I can stand. I've been outside splitting firewood by hand with a temp of 102. When I'm about to be over it, I break out in a heat rash on my neck and torso. I feel like it cuts a day or two off of it.

    The again, maybe it's in my head. I dunno.

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  • I don't know. My go to technique is a vitamin C shock. I take lots of them for a couple of days, then it just goes away.
    This is pretty damn funny though XD

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    • Try eating oranges and a lot of the white pulpy stuff. Works better than vitamin C pills.

  • You don't sweat out a cold or fever.

    The sneezing, coughing and fever are symptoms. That means they are the results that your body is reacting to the illness. They are not the actual disease. Treating the symptoms makes you feel better but doesn't do much for the actual disease.

    The disease is caused by virus or bacteria screwing around in your body. Your body reacts to these Invaders and causes the symptoms.

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  • I've done that my whole life. Not the outfit, but sweating out the common cold and the flu. I'll stay under my blankets and sweat like hell (pun). I'm generally sick only two days. The only thing is, you have to remember you have to drink plenty, PLENTY" of water to help! I try to get 2 gallons, ice cold water.

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  • No and I would highly recommend stopping her now. Words from a doctor in training. When you sweat you release water and minerals that is it no germs. It's not physically possible for sweating to help a cold because if anything it makes a cold worse. By sweating you dehydrate yourself which is bad when you have a cold because your body needs water to fight the bacteria water is key when ill so keeping hydrated helps a lot. All she is doing is helping the bacteria fight against her body.

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    • ummm I think she's crazy, and I'm not doctor, but if you are a "doctor in training" you should probably know the difference between a bacteria and a virus...

    • Yes I do.

  • Myth: You can sweat out a cold. Verdict: When you're feeling fluey, you're willing to try anything to get rid of the aches and pains and stuffy nose, and while having a hot bath or rugging up may mean you feel better, it won't make a difference to your recovery time.

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  • Many people believe the old wive's tale about sweating out a cold. We know that colds are caused by viral infections and those don't get sweated out.

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  • You can sweat out a cold but just layering up and sweating won't work if she were to go to a gym and have an intense workout and sweat that way or if she were to hit a sauna then it would work. Your body when sweating will also release some of the toxins in the body so yes your girlfriend is right but only if she puts on an extreme sweat.

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    • I don't believe it will work, but how is the sauna different from her suit?

    • the steam sauna can either be mild or depending on how much water you splash in the sauna makes it hotter and hotter making you sweat more just a plain suit you have to put in the work to make yourself sweat the sauna is more intense. I used to sit in the sauna before a big wrestling meet if I had to drop weight and an hour of sitting burns off everything

    • When I want a cold gone really I just chug back a gallon of orange juice two days before my sickness starts and if I'm already sick I drink orange juice and water all day hit the gym as hard as I can get a pre sweat going then hit the sauna for an hour next day I don't have a cold anymore

  • first of all HILARIOUS second i do not know how her technic works but i know that intense fysical activity can result in cardiac arest i think the best idea is to get a lot of sleep that is what I do when i start feeling sick i take like a day off because i know if i don't i will be in efficient or sick for a long time

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    • also ginger rot drinks are good at cleaning up your system

  • beings a cold is an infection of bacteria or virus. you would have to get hot enough to kill said virus or bacteria. I'm certain she would die before the infection did. so I'm no doctor. bit I say NO !

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    • No your body increasing its temperature is a reaction to the pathogen, your immune system kills bacteria and inactivates viruses.

    • The rise in body temperature is to slow the virus so your immune system can rid of it easier.

    • Forcing yourself to sweat or exercising when you are sick won't help lol.

  • It's possible, but never seen it done that way. A simple cold is generally a 9 day thing. 3 days coming, 3days full blown and 3 going. I take hot rakiya (fruit brandy) with cloves, lemon and brown sugar before i go to bed. That seems to work for me.

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  • she will become more sick. If this was the flu, then it might have worked. But a cold has to be treated differently. I have steam through your nose from boiled water for example. Eat raw garlic. It will kill the symptoms off.

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  • yes in fact there are scientifical evidences of enzymes, biophysical processes and bacteria working better giving a higher temperature. however working is very counterproductive. you should still rest.

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  • Yep. Get some Grappa and put it in warm milk. Get under a pile of covers, even better if you have a heated mattress pad and crank it. sweat like a pig and you will feel great.

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  • i go in the sauna when I have a cold. Not sure if it shortens the duration, but it does a wonder on the symptoms

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  • Swating is a bad thing when you're ill because you're only dehydrating yourself. Proper hydratation is crucial in the recovery process. The more dehydrated you are, the slower your orgnaism is going to be.

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  • I say let her do it. The least she could be doing is place-boing herself into getting better. As long as she is not actively putting herself in danger let her act crazy.

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  • you can help your body fight the cold. it's more of an exorcise thing. the sweating is just reaction. body heats up, body sweats to cool off. what happens internally for this to happen is a whole different shish kabob.

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  • Why do you think your body gives you a fever when you get sick? Viruses and bacteria need a very specific tempature range to survive, so your body increases your tempature to kill them. That said, it is a pretty weird though.

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  • I actually believe it works cause when I get sick at night o sweat like crazy and on the morning I'm pouring in sweat but I feel a lot better

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  • Well.. if she had a fever, you'd better make sure that she stops doing that because it actually is contra productive..

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  • yes you can. most common cold virussus can't survive above 33-35 degrees celcius. but making your arms and legs sweat doesn't help. increasing temprature in nose and throat does

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  • No lol
    You can't sweat out a flu. That doesn't even make sense if you think about why we catcg a flu and how it effects us

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  • Biological explanation - Fevers are meant to raise the body temperature high enough so that viruses and bacteria may die, so her raising her temperature to sweat is not a terrible idea.

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  • Works for me. If I want to get rid of crud fast, I put on a sweater and jogging pants. Turn up the temp to an unbearable temp and get under the covers.

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