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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Q: Why do Russians wrap things around their neck when they have a sore throat, even in warm weather? Does this really help?

Dr. Tarek Sultan,
European Medical Center:


"In Europe they sometimes do the same thing. People wrap things around their neck because of psychological factors, maybe to feel more protected."

Dr. Igor Pushkarev,
European Medical Center:


"Psychologically it does help people. Medical treatment is different."

Dr. Josef Kramis,
Swiss Medical Association:


"Why only Russians? I heard that Englishmen also wrap their necks with a wool sock when they have sore throat. The thing is that the warming or calefacient effect increases blood circulation. Blood flushes to the infected spot, which helps in fighting the disease. Yet, of course, the scarf alone cannot cure the illness and one needs to consult a doctor anyway."