Unfortunately, this old saying doesn't make a lot of sense in the context of modern science.
Your body works hard to raise its temperature, but in the meantime, you get the chills. Why?
Why does the body go through such laborious misery when we're sick?
If you have a runny nose and a fever, you'll need to drink more to replace those lost fluids. But why?
Is there truth to the saying, "sweating out a cold?"
Is there any sound more annoying than the whine of a mosquito?
Babies cry. In fact, babies cry more in their first three months of life than at any other time. How much crying is normal? What amount is too much? By too much, I don’t mean too much for your ears to take, but excessive to the point of being symptomatic of something serious? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
What we call “the flu bug” is really many different viruses. There are two main families: A and B, and both have many individual members, like Influenza A-Moscow, Influenza A-Panama and Influenza B-Sichuan.
When you have a cold or flu, the doctor (or Dr. Mom) may tell you to drink lots of fluids. But did they ever explain why you need to guzzle all that water and juice?The extra fluid helps prevent dehydration, which can make you feel even worse, and make it harder to get well.