The plus side to Man Flu

Friday, 27 July 2012

The plus side of Man FluBeauty Heaven shows us the positive side to Man Flu and why we should embrace the Man Flu behaviour.

Man Flu: a rare strain of the common cold that is so painful it can only be compared to childbirth. (In fact, if you ask any man, they usually think it’s worse.) It is also known as ‘fishing for sympathy’ and ‘chronic exaggeration’. The female race appears to be immune to this unusual strain of flu; however, the male species are particularly vulnerable to its wrath.

All jokes aside, I actually want to get serious with you for a moment. Did you know men actually have a ridiculously good thing going when it comes to playing up their Man Flu? Other than the bouts of love and attention they receive from their lady, there’s another grand result that comes from playing the sympathy card and staying home on the couch at the first sign of a sniffle – they’re preventing the spread of germs at their work place. Yep, by resting at home they’re ensuring they get healthy sooner, and they’re stopping their illness from doing the rounds at work, too.

We women must learn from this. Truly we must. Why? Well, Chemist’s Own pharmacy brand found they spend over $1.6 billion per year covering employee sick leave – a figure that could be cut dramatically if people didn’t wait so long to get treatment or rest their bodies at home when struck down with a cold.

The moral of this story is this: instead of pushing on and heading into work when you can’t leave the box of tissues alone for more than two minutes and you’re an awful spluttering mess, stop. Yes, stop! Take your suit off, put your feet up, call in sick and visit your doctor for treatment. And better yet, don’t feel guilty about it. Everyone gets sick at some point, but taking your colleagues down with you is just plain nasty.

So, embrace the Man Flu behaviour, and listen to your body when it’s asking you to rest. Got it, ladies? Good.

And while you’ve got your feet up on the couch, Chemist’s Own Pharmacist Gerald Quigley recommends drinking loads of water to maintain hydration, increasing your intake of vitamin A and C, eating garlic and onions to help fight the bug, and sleeping on two pillows to assist sinus drainage. Do this and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you, quick smart. Brilliant.

Now you’ve learned your lesson, it’s time for some utterly delightful Man Flu facts…

FUN FACT #1: Man Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable scientific fact*.
(*Based on a survey of over 100,000 men.)

FUN FACT #2: Man Flu is not ‘just a cold’. It is a condition so severe that the germs from a single Man Flu sneeze could wipe out entire tribes of people living in the rainforest. And probably loads of monkeys, too.

FUN FACT #3: Men do not ‘moan’ when they have Man Flu. They emit involuntary groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain they are in.

FUN FACT #4: More men die each year from MFN (Man Flu Neglect) than lots and lots of other things (like rabbit attacks or choking on toast).

FUN FACT #5: Man Flu germs are more powerful than Rambo, Batman and The A-Team combined. They are too strong for weak, nasty tasting ‘lady medicines’, so don’t bother trying to force them on a victim of Man Flu.

Originally written by Cheri, this article appeared in BeautyHeaven.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. ricebunny

    Funny article lol! Totally know what you mean

    6 years ago •

  1. gerrit

    Yes ladies i love the teasing about us when we get the flu, but all i need is my medicine and my bed and of course we sometimes can really push it to get some extra attention the big TLC, we just love it.

    7 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Hahahahahaaaaa!! This is sooooo funny and true!! Men are such babies when they get sick! :D

    7 years ago •

  1. wyona

    Oh Gosh, when men get flu they are like babies, the less attention the more sick they get, so i just have to be very patient with all the demands all off a sudden, but thank heavens it only happens once a year, so believe me the only remedy for MEN WITH FLU, is a lot of TLC.

    7 years ago •

  1. M.Ross

    My man has the flu. He was kind enough to share it with me, woke up sick this morning, arggg.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zakeera Parker

    gosh, that’s so true!!! It’s like he is half dying, cannot do anything, cannot move even and certainly cannot manage on his own it that time.
    i did wonder a few weeks ago when man flu hit-is this just a ploy for some attention and a great act or is he really half dying??? lol

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    I am so glad that my darling hubby doesn’t get Man Flu!
    He usually just wants to be left alone and be brought the occasional cup of tea.

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Funniest thing I have read in a very long time! Actually, the last time I was in the UK they had an ad for flu tablets on the telly and it was based on the ‘man flu’. Hilarious!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    It’s not a secret that men’s threshold for pain is ridiculously lower than their female counterparts :-)

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Oh yes! I know this illness well. The world just stops…

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Men are such big babies when they are down with flu, talking from experience, my father, brothers, hubby pfew!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Man would think they are dying when they have flu and would start behaving like babies.

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Had good laugh early in the morning. I can totally relate!

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Haha. My boyfriend is currently suffering from ‘man flu’. It’s always so funny when he groans – sounds like he’s going through childbirth. Oh dear!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    The worst kind there is! It’s literary the end of the world if my hubbie gets flu! I dread those times!

    7 years ago •

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