Risk of erectile dysfunction with rhinitis

Among almost 65,000 Taiwanese men aged 18—55 with allergic rhinitis (AR) in a study, 844 experienced erectile dysfunction (ED) during an eight-year follow-up.

This represented a 37% increased risk compared to matched controls, the researchers said. They found the risk was more than doubled in patients having more than 12 clinical visits for allergic rhinitis in a year and also increased in cases who needed medication for more than four weeks.

Researchers linked allergic rhinitis with other chronic airway inflammatory disorders such as COPD and asthma having a reported association with ED.

“A growing body of evidence has shown that [allergic rhinitis] is not merely a local disease, but the inflammation it produces may also propagate systemically,” the author said. Inflammatory mediators and cells such as leukotrienes, immunoglobulin E (IgE) and mast cells have been linked to atherosclerosis.

They noted that in acute