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A 24-year-old male asked:

sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes. this only seems to happen on sunny days. i've always had this r0b, at least with sneezing/congestion. how to fix?

6 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sun Sneeze?: Sneezing when entering sunlight may be sun sneezing, also called the photic sneeze reflex. The sneezing happens when the person enters into a much brighter light, which doesn't always have to be sunlight. A visit to the ear-nose-throat doctor and the eye doctor may help figure out the diagnosis. Of course, one could also have allergies, and just coincidentally be sneezing on sunny days.
Dr. David Liu
Dr. David Liu answered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 19 years experience
Antihistamine: It would be useful to try a 2nd generation antihistamine such as zyrtec or allegra, (fexofenadine) and possibly an inhaled steroid. If you still have problems, seeing an allergist/immunologist would probably be your next step.
Dr. Taj Jiva
Dr. Taj Jiva answered
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Allergies: It seems like you are having allergy symptoms. Are you exposed to pets at home. Are you exposed to house dust, feathers, new carpets etc. You need allergy medications which are over the counter but you may see an allergist to find out what you are allergic to. I am not sure whether you have hay fever?
Dr. Sanjay Mishra
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Allergy: Try otc Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg in am for 10 days when expecting. If symptoms improve. You have allergies and may need to see allergy specialist.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Very interesting: The bright sunlight will cause your pupils to constrict via stimulation of your parasympathetic nervous system (pns) pns stimulation can also lead to sneezing, runny nose and a myriad of other symptoms. Reduce pns tone by avoiding sugars, be careful eating fruit and juice, because potassium is a potent pns stimulator. You may benefit from calcium, tyrosine and other agents that stimulate sns.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Allergy?: Suspect allergy as cause consider Loratadine ten mg daily available otc.

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