Get snogging next Monday

Apparently next Monday is going to be the owrst day of the year for hayfever sufferers. But never fear, find the one you love and smooch for half an hour. This sounds like an even better idea than local honey.

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.

via BoingBoing

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