Men, The Sympathetic Sex When Their Partner Has A Cold
Men are more sympathetic than women when their partner has a cold, a new study has revealed.
A survey of 2,000 people found men will put up with an ill partner for an average of 19 hours, almost 20 per cent longer than women who can only deal with it for 16 hours.
The man of the house is also less likely than women to get tired of their partner ‘overreacting about their illnesses’ results showed.
But the research did reveal that 40 per cent of men do ‘play up their symptoms’ to try and get attention. Men are also more inclined than women to be at their partner’s ‘beck and call’ when they’re sick -showing a greater willingness to run errands for them and even let ting them have full control of the television when they’re feeling unwell.
The study also revealed the average Brit has lost 11 hours to cold and flu this year – over a month across a lifetime.
And women really do feel it more, women are more susceptible to being run down than men with eighty per cent feeling things take longer when they’re hit by cold and flu, in comparison to approximately two thirds of men.
But the research, which was commissioned by Nurofen Cold and Flu, found 77 per cent of women admitted that they simply just get on with it when burdened by cold symptoms.
A spokesman said yesterday: ‘Many of us will experience a cold over winter and some of us may be unlucky enough to catch flu.
‘One of the most annoying symptoms of cold or flu is feeling like we are being slowed down and prevented from completing our usual tasks – especially when the festive season is so hectic.’However, cold and flu can take its toll on a relationship – a third of men surveyed said their partner’s lack of sympathy when they’ve been ill has led to arguments.
This is a problem given that the average person surveyed said they suffer at least four bouts of cold or flu in a year.
When we are suffering from cold and flu it takes us, on average, an hour and a half longer than usual to get out of bed and two hours longer to carry out daily chores, according to the research.
Almost 40 per cent of those questioned claim that normal tasks, such as getting out of the door, making decisions and choosing what to eat, take twice as long when you have a cold and flu.
Despite this high frequency of instances of cold and flu discovered by the survey, the majority of Brits still don’t realise what causes our symptoms.
While 55 per cent thought they were caused by the virus itself, only one in three (37 per cent) knew it’s the body’s own defences to the virus that causes their symptoms.
The findings suggest that people are confused about what causes cold and flu.
The first response of most of those surveyed is to take paracetamol (58 per cent), the second is to drink plenty of water (47 per cent), followed by sleeping (34 per cent).
Yet only around a quarter (27 per cent) take ibuprofen, which has anti-inflammatory properties to provide relief from cold and flu symptoms.
Martin Duerden, GP and expert in the treatment of respiratory infections, said: ‘lt’s important that people understand that it’s not the virus you treat but the symptoms of cold and flu.
‘The feeling of being slowed down and the visual symptoms of looking tired and red in the face are a result of the cold and flu symptoms, including headache and fever.
‘These symptoms are part of the body’s own inflammatory response to cold and flu, not the actual viruses that cause these conditions.’