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Every summer, hay fever sufferers stock up on nasal sprays, antihistamines and tissues to combat the effects of pollen.
But some scientists believe that those who have the allergy should be looking towards the sheets for relief from itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing.
Back in 2019, experts in Iran found a link between the reproductive system and the nasal passages, suggesting that sex may be the answer to reducing the effects of hayfever. Yes, really.
Scientists discovered that sex causes the blood vessels to tighten in the nose and eyes, meaning stuffy noses become unblocked and watery eyes stop tearing up.
Sina Zarrintan explained in the Medical Hypotheses journal that some afternoon delight could really make your summer afternoons enjoyable again.
The scientist 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."
The theory is considered to be most useful for hay fever sufferers with penises, as ejaculation is thought to relieve these allergy symptoms.
A different scientist at Tabriz Medical University did, however, understand that the seemingly saucy hay fever relief hack is not as simple as popping an anti-allergy pill.
“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," he explained.
You also have to factor in whether those suffering badly from hay fever symptoms will want to get down and dirty when they’re feeling bunged up.
Dr Marc Goldstein, the allergy chief at Pennsylvania Hospital, previously told Refinery29 that congestion can reduce libido, due to the tiredness related to feeling under the weather.
The doctor said: “People with allergies often don't sleep as well and experience fatigue, which lessens sex drive.”
Dr Michael Benninger, an ear, nose, and throat otolaryngologist at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, previously told LADbible that there are perhaps more efficient (but probably a lot less fun) ways than sex to treat hay fever symptoms.
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,” he explained.
Of course, if you’re willing to put this theory to the test, it’s important to note that you don’t have to be in a relationship to have all the fun. Happy hayfever season!
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