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Untreated sinus allergies affect sex

Symptoms of itchy, tearing eyes and nasal congestion due to seasonal allergies interfere with individuals' ability to enjoy sex.

Untreated sinus allergies affect sex

Symptoms of itchy, tearing eyes and nasal congestion due to seasonal allergies interfere with individuals' ability to enjoy sex. However, successful treatment with an antihistamine can help. Seasonal allergies are known to interfere with work, school and social life. But up until now, the investigators say, there have been no studies examining sexual function in these patients. Researchers from the Celal Bayar University Hospital, Turkey, surveyed 27 women and 16 men with seasonal allergies and 40 healthy adults (20 women and 20 men). It was observed that women with untreated seasonal allergies had reduced sexual desire, arousal, ability to reach orgasm and intercourse satisfaction compared with the healthy control subjects. Allergies affected men's erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, sexual desire and overall satisfaction with sex. Patients with allergies were treated for 30 days with the oral antihistamine desloratadine for 30 days, after which they repeated the sexual function questionnaires. Results showed that after their symptoms were controlled, their sexual function was not significantly different from that of the healthy controls.
Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology,
December 2005
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