Man-flu may be for real!

025236c9e285c5f6741f_Man_flu.jpg
025236c9e285c5f6741f_Man_flu.jpg

Man-flu may be for real!
Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES
A study published in the British Medical Journal on December 27, 2017 reporting the results of an investigation into the existence of “man-flu” suggests that flu in men may really be more severe and cause worse symptoms than flu in women.

Abstract of original journal article: http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5560.long

Summary from Harvard Health Blog: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/man-flu-really-thing-2018010413033?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BF20180108-Mens50& _id=768123&dlv-ga-memberid=11209283&mid=11209283&ml=768123

Sign Up for E-News

Use this news

The idea that men experience flu differently than women has been the butt of many a joke. But, this research suggests there may really be a difference.  Some of the supporting data for this is that the flu vaccine works better in women, men are hospitalized more frequently with the flu than women and men take longer to recuperate from the flu than women.

Influenza is not something to take lightly. It is among the top ten causes of death in the U.S. Regardless of who suffers more from the symptoms, it makes most sense to prevent it. To that end, below are some strategies offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent contracting the flu:

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Wash your hands frequently (use soap and water to remove virus that may be on your hands.)
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (flu virus on your hands can enter your body by touching these areas).
  5. Get enough rest (7-9 hours for adults)
  6. Clean frequently touched surfaces in the house, at school and work with a disinfectant. (Flu viruses can ‘live’ on hard surfaces for 24 hours. Bleach [mixed in water], peroxide, soap, alcohol all kill flu viruses)
  7. Drink plenty of fluids.
  8. Manage stress (the stress response suppresses the immune system)

Treatment of the flu include the following:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration – chicken soup is especially good, as is ginger tea, and tea with honey (not for children under 1 year)
  2. Increase the humidity in the house. Flu viruses don’t do well in moist air.
  3. Warm baths may reduce aches. Add Epson Salt or baking soda to the water.
  4. Gargle with salt water
  5. Use a nasal irrigation – Neti pot or saline squeeze bottle.
  6. Warm compresses on the forehead and nose to relieve pain.
  7. Rest
  8. Antiviral medications (work best if taken within two days of getting sick. They shorten the length of illness by about 1-2 days)
    Keep in mind that the flu and colds are caused by viruses. This means antibiotics don’t work on them and should not be taken to treat them.

Although most people recuperate from the flu within 1-2 weeks, some people are at increased risk of serious complications which include:

Pneumonia
Bronchitis
Sinus infections
Ear infections
The flu also can also trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma, and worsen congestive heart failure.
(CDC, 2018)

  According to the CDC, (2018a) people with the following conditions are those most at risk:        

Asthma
Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease)
Kidney disorders
Liver disorders
Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)

Other people at high risk for complications from the flu include

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

Influenza is often confused with a cold, but there are real differences between the two aliments, as the chart below shows:

 

 

 

For more information

Preventing the flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

 
Cleaning to prevent the flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/pdf/seasonal-flu/contamination_cleaning_english_508.pdf

 

People at high risk of flu complications
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2018)
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm

 

Flu antiviral drugs (CDC, 2018a)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2018a)
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/antivirals/whatyoushould.htm

Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES is the principal of Associates for Health Education and Behavior, LLC, in Sparta, a practice focused on improving health through education. Her office offers individual and group health education, and individual health behavior change guidance.  For more information please see www.associatesforhealth.com  To contact Dr. Hayden, email her atjoanna@associatesforhealth.com

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Millburn Recreation Accepting Memberships for Pool, Tennis and Golf

February 19, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Recreation Department announced that it is accepting memberships for the township pool, tennis and golf facilities. The memberships are available to all Millburn Township residents and the applications are available online.

The membership application can be accessed at http://www.twp.millburn.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/3258 or go ...

Millburn Police Department Investigating Pair of Residential Burglaries

April 3, 2018

On March 28, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Goldfarb responded to the Union Police Department on a warrant arrest. Robert Kopik, age 41 of Springfield, was placed under arrest on an outstanding criminal warrant and remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

On March 28, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Hunt responded to a Quaker Road residence on a residential burglary. The resident reports ...

Letter to the Editor: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a Huge Blow to the Middle-Class

April 8, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3e8af4c3228af663aef4_29354610_1585682268146667_4091748840029675392_o-2

Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Millburn High School, Millburn

Red Carpet Premiere of the 7th Annual Millburn ...

Carousel_image_b86bc770b3d9f1a03e9e_rummage_sale_logo

Sat, April 21, 9:00 AM

Community Church, Short Hills

Community Church to Hold Spring Rummage Sale for ...

Carousel_image_d011da1118997e9079ba_647027fe33acceeb0ba5_1

Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

PetSmart, Millburn

Dog Adoption

Carousel_image_4930b780b62b906e0c8e_e33016f1b524cbf30d1f_mini_magick20180329-98141-1flyvbq

Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Millburn Library Annual Book Sale

Millburn Road Closures for April 20

April 20, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Parsonage Hill Road closed between Long Hill Drive and White Oak Ridge Road until approx 4:00pm Officers working

Troy Drive closed to all traffic between Lawrence Drive and Troy Lane until approx 4:00pm Officers working

Old Short Hills Road has a changed traffic pattern between Silver Spring Road and Dorison Drive no closures expect possible delays until approx 4:00pm ...

Community Church to Hold Spring Rummage Sale for Charity

Community Congregational Church in Short Hills will hold its semiannual Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All proceeds of the sale benefit Community Church’s educational and outreach programs, including the Oasis program that provides bags of groceries and baby supplies to families in Irvington every month.

“The Rummage Sale for Charity at Community Church ...

6th Annual Short Hills House Tour to Benefit Millburn Township Public School Special Services & Promote Autism Awareness

6th Annual Short Hills House Tour to Benefit Millburn Township Public School Special Services & Promote Autism Awareness
Preview Party: 5/3, 6pm - 8pm
House Tour: 5/5, 1pm - 4pm

Autism affects 1 in 41 children in New Jersey.

The 6th Annual Short Hills House Tour to Benefit Millburn Township Public School Special Services & Promote Autism Awareness will take place on May 5, 2016 ...