Are man colds really a thing? Chicago medical experts weigh in

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CHICAGO — Are “man colds” a real thing?

As temperatures drop, bringing in cold and flu season, people all over the city will be getting sick. Whether men and women react differently to the symptoms is up for debate.

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“I did an informal poll around the office and every female staff person I asked had the same answer: ‘Oh, yeah. My husband is a baby when he’s sick,'” said Kathryn Tibbits, director of clinical services/family nurse practitioner for Saint Xavier University’s Health Center.

But is there any science behind a so-called “man cold?”

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