Myth: Hot water removes germs during handwashing
If you’re worried about germs, you’re probably tempted to turn up the water as hot as possible. But not only does this not work to kill more germs, it also puts you at greater risk of getting burned, as well as irritating your skin and causing contact dermatitis. A recent report found that as of yet, there is no evidence that hot water increases the germ-fighting power of handwashing. “Temperature of water used for handwashing should not be guided by antibacterial effects but comfort, which is in the tepid to warm temperature range,” the authors wrote. The CDC also says the temperature of the water doesn’t matter for proper handwashing. Next, read about these scary symptoms that are actually harmless.
Myth: If you’re not having chest pain, it’s not a heart attack
Although chest pain and pressure like there’s an elephant sitting on your chest is a common sign of a heart attack, it’s not the only one—especially for women. “Women are more likely to experience some atypical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, heartburn, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and neck, back, or arm pain,” says Laxmi Mehta, MD, a cardiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “These subtle symptoms can sometimes make it difficult for women to recognize that something may be wrong with their heart.” According to the American Heart Association, symptoms can even seem like the flu, and may lead women to delay getting treatment. One study showed that most of the women who’d had a heart attack didn’t recognize their symptoms, and noted that younger women with heart disease are more likely to die in the hospital as similarly-aged men. Watch out for these strange symptoms that can signal a serious disease.