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Kissing could help hay fever

Scientists based at the Satou hospital in Japan found that kissing worked by relaxing the body and reducing the production of histamine -- a chemical that the body produces in response to pollen, causing the sneezing, runny noses and streaming eyes that characterise hay fever attacks.

The researchers asked a total of 24 couples, where both partners suffered from hay fever, to spend 30 minutes kissing. Blood samples were taken before and after to compare levels of histamine, and results showed that after the kissing session levels of the chemical were significantly reduced. This was not found to be the case, however, when the experiment was repeated with cuddling but no kissing, with no change in histamine levels found.


7 Responses:

  1. greyface says:

    I don't know about anybody else... but kissing people with bad hay-fever seems like a recipe for mucusy disaster.

    Also, mouth-breathing + kissing can be a little iffy.

  2. azul_ros says:

    That's good to know! ;)

  3. strangehours says:

    It would be interesting to know if it was a direct chemical effect, or a secondary effect of hormones released as a result of intimacy. There's a nice and easy way to check: 'here; drink this glass of my saliva'.

  4. ammutbite says:

    Hey...good BS line to make getting dirty seem like a health procedure. Gotta work in the statenment re "orgasms help ease menstrual cramps" when it's time to go lower....:-)

  5. On the other hand, doing more than just kissing and cuddling tends to make the nostrils flare, leaving you more prone to trees having sex in your nasal cavity. Lovely.

  6. martling says:

    You missed the best bit. When I saw this study reported in some UK paper I read on a train, it described how the methodology included playing My Heart Will Go On and Can You Feel The Love Tonight at the poor guinea pig couples.

    Here, in fact.

    Dunno about anyone else, but that would get my immune system fired up and fighting to destroy my own ears.