Monday, December 18, 2006

Kiss the Sniffles Good-Bye?

by Leslie Goldman

Need another reason to kiss your man? We have one to pull you through the upcoming allergy season.

A passionate kiss is probably the last thing on your mind when allergies make you (or your partner) a sneezy wreck. But one study suggests that a make-out session might be good medicine. Researchers at a Japanese hospital had 24 patients with minor seasonal allergies kiss their lovers or spouses for 30 minutes while listening to music. Tests showed that lip-locking not only relaxed them (imagine that!) but also reduced production of histamine, the body chemical that causes allergic reactions.

So should you skip the pills and smooch instead? Probably not. You’re better off using meds and avoiding triggers like pollen and animals, says Jeffrey M. Factor, MD, an allergist and immunologist with the Connecticut Asthma and Allergy Center (he was not involved in the study).

But feel free to pop an antihistamine and pucker up anyway. After all, you’re doing it in the name of science, right?

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