The Dreaded "Man Cold" Is Real! Here's How to Heal It.

The Dreaded "Man Cold" Is Real! Here's How to Heal It.

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It's time to talk about that serious malady, the dreaded man cold. The sniffle that turns into a hacking cough that becomes a "raging" fever that turns into the inability to throw away used tissues or even change the TV channel by oneself. Luckily, this extremely common disease (which, in my house, mostly strikes when there is a cool art exhibit that is open the same time as a Ren and Stimpy marathon) is rarely fatal.

However, it turns out there is some scientific evidence that men actually do feel worse than women when they get sick.

"Studies with human cells — as well as in mice — show that male immune cells have more active receptors for certain pathogens," Sabra Klein, associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, tells TIME in a recent article.

Read the full article: Why Men Are Much Worse at Being Sick than Women

Man or woman, the cure for a cold is a classic and remains the same as always: a bit of care and a bowl of chicken soup. Just in case the man flu does hit you or your loved one in the transition to spring, here are some of our best chicken soup recipes. Not only is it good for the soul, but it's also good for the body, too.

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1. Mexican Chicken Soup

It's spicy, it's savory, and it's basically everything you need to loosen up that gross mucus.

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2. Lemony Tortellini Spinach Soup

You can make this soup in 30 minutes with the help of frozen tortellini. There's also lemon and greens and stuff, so it's kinda good for you maybe.

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3. Columbian Ajiaco

This chicken and potato soup is light but filling, with hunks of creamy potato, sweet corn, and tender chicken. Don't forget to make a buffet of toppings like avocado and cilantro.

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4. Chicken Soup with Shallot-Shiitake Matzo Balls

So many matzo ball variations, so little time. I swear, sometimes my husband pretends to get sick just for an excuse to gorge himself on matzo ball and noodle soup. I pretend not to know he is faking, because I love the stuff, too.

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5. Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

He might be sick on the couch, but you've been at work all day and there's a Vanderpump Rules episode calling your name. Break out the pre-roasted stuff and jazz it up with some pantry staples. You'll have delicious, steaming hot soup before you even know it.

How do you treat the dreaded "man cold"? Please let us know in the comments.

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