Can you really get sick by going to sleep with your hair wet or walking outside with no shoes on?

I would like an educated anwser if possible. Are these myths or are they truth?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I agree with above answer - these are all myths. However, virus is not bacteria (they are different entities). Anyways, if it's cold outside, your body temperature will drop and your immune system will be decreased, so if you are exposed to a pathogen like a virus, you are more likely to get sick. So, to anwer your question, going outside barefooted will not make you sick, but it will predispose you to getting sick under the right circumstances. Oh, and there is nothing wrong with sleeping with wet hair.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are myths. As far as going to sleep with your hair wet... all that will do is freak people out when you wake up 'cuz your hair will dry in all kinds of wacky ways. Your scalp is the fastest exit for heat in your body and if your hair is wet then your head will cool down even faster.... but I don't think it would ever cause you to get sick. And the part about walking outside with no shoes on.... your feet might get cold if the temperature is low but as long as you have a strong immune system and you don't walk to Alaska without shoes, you aren't in any more danger of getting sick than if your tootsies were all bundled up. Hypothermia - which is a dangerous condition - might set in faster if you were to get in a fight with your boyfriend and run out of his house without your shoes on and then get lost in a blizzard.... but other than that, I think you'll have a great winter!!

    Source(s): Formerly in the health care field.
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  • 1 decade ago

    no you will not get sick just by having wet hair or not wearing shoes. However, doing this takes away from your bodies defenses against getting sick. Having wet hair and no shoes on draws heat from your body and in return your body has to work harder to stay warm. Since your body is concerned with keeping a good core temp. you are more likely to get sick because your body is busy working on staying warm

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's not the act that makes you sick it's what happens to your body. When you are cold your body works harder to make you warm. That means that it has to take resources away from keeping you from getting sick.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. Getting sick is caused by a bacteria or a virus that has entered your body through your mucus membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, genitals, anus), or a wound.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    all myths.....cold water, wet hair, etc does not cause a cold as a cold is a virus. a virus is bacteria.

    those myths come from the past before people understood viruses and how they worked. they assumed this is how people got sick.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO!!! We get sick by Virus and Bacteria!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, not unless you're already sick.

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  • 1 decade ago

    idk bout the hair, but no shoes outside, you can seriously get warts er ringworm and things like that...its not safe

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