Colds: Will Washing My Hands Prevent Them?

Q: Carolyn: I just got over a cold and now I’ve come down with another one. I was being careful and using anti-bacterial soap? How come I’m sick again?

Colds: Will Washing My Hands Prevent Them?
Colds: Will Washing My Hands Prevent Them?

A: Dean Edell, M.D.: This is a subject I’ve been looking into.

First of all, colds are transferred through droplets – by sneezing and coughing.
You don’t catch a cold from being too chilled or too wet. A cold is a virus that you catch from another person.

They used to tell us in medical school that using anti-bacterial soaps was an effective preventative. Hand cleaners play a big role in hospitals to keep doctors and nurses from catching viruses. So, you’re right to use the soap.

You had one cold and you won’t catch that virus again because of your immune system. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of cold viruses and you were simply unlucky enough to catch a second one.