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While most can bask in the sun carefree, hay fever sufferers have to contend with itchy eyes, blocked noses and unpredictable sneezes.
But pick that snotty head up hay fever homies, 'cause it looks like there could be a plus side to the allergy after all. That's because sexual healing might just be the remedy.
In 2019, scientists in Iran discovered a link between the reproductive system and the nasal system. Sex constricts the blood vessels in the nose and eyes, causing noses to unblock and eyes to stop watering.
It's worth pointing out that the boffins down at Tabriz Medical University didn't perform any clinical tests on this, but their work was published in a serious medical journal called Medical Hypotheses.
As the relief was specifically linked to ejaculation, this is of more use to blokes than women.
Sina Zarrintan, one of the neurologists behind the research, said it could serve as a free and enjoyable means of treating symptoms.
He said: "It can be done from time to time to alleviate the congestion and the patient can adjust the number of intercourses depending on the severity of the symptoms."
Not everyone was quite so sold on the idea though.
Mohammed Amin Abolghassemi Fakhre - another scientist from the same university - said: "There are some limitations in using ejaculation as a treatment of nasal congestion, such as not being applicable out of home and not having any sex partner."
Clearly, you don't need a sex partner to ejaculate, you just need tissues - and hay fever sufferers have those in plentiful supply.
However, the issue of whether people with hay fever are really up for getting randy is a potential drawback of this treatment method.
Dr Marc Goldstein - the allergy chief at Pennsylvania Hospital - told Refinery29 last year that being bunged up can reduce sexual appetite, and 'people with allergies often don't sleep as well and experience fatigue, which lessens sex drive'.
More to the point, who exactly is gonna be dead keen to get down and dirty with someone who has crusty eyelashes and a snotty nose?
Dr Michael Benninger - an ear, nose, and throat otolaryngologist at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio - added that sex probably isn't the number one way to deal with your hay fever.
He said: "I usually recommend beginning allergy treatment with non-sedating antihistamines or an intranasal steroid two to three weeks before their prime allergy season.
"The earlier that allergies are treated, the less difficulty people will have during the allergy season."
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