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Can You Sweat Out a Cold?

Anecdotal evidence suggests this might be possible, but what does the science say?

Going down with a cold is never pleasant and the common cold is indeed very common, with adults in the US experiencing two to three colds per year on average, according to the CDC.

While the general recommendation to get over a cold is to rest and allow your body to recover, I will admit to being guilty of not following this advice and instead going for a run, hoping to “sweat it out”.

Let’s be real, it sucks feeling bad and not being able to exercise on top only makes matters worse.

Therefore, you can’t really blame me for wanting to believe in the idea that you can sweat out a cold. But wanting something to be true and it being true in real life are two different things. So, I turned to the science.

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