September 11, 2009

Hay fever puts damper on sex and sleep

The runny nose and post-nasal drip of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, puts a damper on sex and sleep, U.S. researchers found.

Dr. Michael Benninger, chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio who was the study author, said the study assessed the impact of allergic rhinitis on sexual function, sleep and fatigue.

The researchers used the Rhinosinusitis Disability Index, a quality-of-life scale, in several groups of people -- a group of normal subjects, patients with a diffuse group of rhinologic disorders and patients scheduled for nasal septal surgery, but non-allergic rhinitis patients.

The study, published in the journal Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, found patients with allergic rhinitis had significantly worse sexual and sleep scores than the non-allergic rhinitis patients and normal subjects.

Although the allergic rhinitis subjects also had significantly higher fatigue RSDI scores than the normal subjects, there was no significant difference between the allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis patients' fatigue scores.