Is "Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever" Fact or Fiction? A Doctor Addresses the Age Old Expression

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Playing The Truth About "Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever" Saying

We all know the expression "feed a cold, starve a fever," is it actually true? We brought in family physician Dr. Jen Caudle to answer this common question. 

FAQ: Should you actually feed a cold & starve a fever?  

"This phrase goes back a long ways. It’s an old wives tale that’s been passed down for years, but you shouldn’t be starving anything. When you’re not well, make sure that you’re getting proper nourishment, and nutrition, and that you’re staying hydrated," says Dr. Caudle.  

"I recommend chicken noodle soup. You stay hydrated, it’s got salt to keep fluids in, it’s got veggies, [and] a lot of water. Saltines are also great. When people are nauseous and their stomach is upset, we always tell them to do the BRAT diet, which is bananas, rice, applesauce and toast – really bland foods are good when you’re nauseous," she adds.  

Dr. Caudle also addresses other FAQs on the best way to clean a wound, whether you should clean your ear with Q-tips, whether cracking knuckles causes arthritis, swimming after eating and gargling with salt water for a sore throat

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