TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter is an especially stressful time to be under the weather. To understand how Americans deal with cough, cold, and flu season, Chloraseptic® recently surveyed 600 men and women between the ages of 18 and 54.
In addition to finding out what symptoms people deal with – 75 percent of respondents noted sore throats and runny noses as their most commonly experienced cold symptoms – the survey explored the range of emotions that men and women experience during cold season. Findings revealed key differences in the levels of stress and anxiety that men and women feel, but both groups said that they seek relief in the form of tried and true remedies.
"As a pharmacist and a mom, I am very familiar with the stress that comes with cold and flu season," said Maria Mantione, pharmacist and Chloraseptic® spokesperson. "When you're already caring for sick loved ones, it can be challenging to find the time to manage your own symptoms. Over-the-counter products that offer fast-acting relief for pain and sore throats can be a parent's best friend."
Top findings from the survey include:
Moms Have Their Hands Full
Moms reported feeling stress in higher numbers than men did. Why do moms experience more stress during cold and flu season? Because they are not only taking care of themselves, they are also taking care of other people. In fact, 89 percent of moms are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to care for a family member or friend who is sick.
Sick Days? Not for Mom
When there is work to be done, women – especially moms – do not let cold symptoms get in their way. Men were more likely to let cold symptoms without a fever and sore throat keep them home from work. In fact, approximately 32 percent of moms surveyed said they can't take sick days because there is no one to cover for them.
No Need to Risk It
Not wanting to leave getting sick to chance, Moms are much more likely than men to take preventative measures, such as hand washing (72 percent vs. 46 percent) and using hand sanitizer, (64 percent vs. 52 percent) to protect against cold and flu symptoms on the go.
Stop Symptoms Fast
When symptoms do emerge, moms act fast. 45 percent of moms treat cold symptoms immediately compared to only 33 percent of men. Moms surveyed also prefer using over-the-counter products (65 percent) or home remedies (45 percent) than going to the doctor (27 percent) or urgent care (22 percent).
Sick Man's (And Woman's) Best Friend
Sometimes quality time with a furry friend can help people feel better. The majority of both men and women report either cuddling with their pet or spending time with their pet to feel better.
Both Trust Tried and True
When they get sick, both men and women reach for remedies that are tried and true, noting trust as a key factor in continuing to use older medicines. The vast majority of people, 69 percent, said their flu medicines are similar to ones their parents and grandparents used, and nearly 77 percent said they were likely to trust old medicines over newer ones.
To learn more about the fast-acting cold remedies offered by Chloraseptic®, or to track cold and flu outbreaks in your area this season, visit www.chloraseptic.com.
The survey was conducted by online research and survey technology provider Toluna, from September 8 to September 12, 2016.
About Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc.
The Company markets and distributes brand name over-the-counter and household cleaning products throughout the U.S. and Canada, Australia, and in certain other international markets. The Company's brands include Monistat® women's health products, BC® and Goody's® pain relievers, Clear Eyes® eye care products, DenTek® specialty oral care products, Dramamine® motion sickness treatments, Chloraseptic® sore throat treatments, Compound W® wart treatments, Little Remedies® pediatric over-the-counter products, The Doctor's® NightGuard® dental protector, Efferdent® denture care products, Luden's® throat drops, Beano® gas prevention, Debrox® earwax remover, Gaviscon® antacid in Canada, and Hydralyte® rehydration products and the Fess® line of nasal and sinus care products in Australia. Visit the Company's website at www.prestigebrands.com.