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How To Make Yourself Sneeze On Command
Allergies?: Honestly, get out the textbook and start looking at the hundreds of causes of sneezing. You aren't going to get an accurate answer to that question here without providing some more details like for how long, what makes it better? Or worse? Any associated symotoms, what remedies have you tried, has this ever happened before. How many cats do you own, where do you live, what is your job, meds, etc. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Sneezing is the nasal response to an irritation (smoke, perfume, chemicals) or allergen in the nose (dust, pollen, animal dander, mold). It can also occur with infections such as the common cold. An allergist can assist in identifying the cause of sneezing and find an appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Nasal irritation: Often it is because of some form of nasal irritation, such as an allergy, cold or sensitivity. Sometimes there is a structural problem such as a deviated septum or sinus condition. Rarely there is a foreign body or growth causing the sneezing. If sneezing seems to be getting worse, one should see a doctor. ...Read more
Allergy season!: I believe you have allergic rhinitis/hay fever which is very common in the spring in most of the United States. These days there are numerous over-the-counter medicines that are very effective. I would start with a steroid nasal spray such as Nasacort (triamcinolone). It will take a few days (up to 14+) to be effective. Or a newer generation anti-histamine such as generic Allergra/fexofenadine. Side effects few. ...Read more
Normal: All babys hiccup, sneeze and become cross-eyed. Sneezing is the only way that babys can clear out their airways (since they breathe almost exclusively through their noses), and it quite common for them to sneeze multiple times in a row. ...Read more
Viral uri: Scratchy or sore throats are often the first signs of a head cold coming on and this is often followed by sneezing and nasal mucus formation. In other words, sneezing isn't the cause of the cold but an early symptom of one. ...Read more
Protective reflex: Irritation of the back of the nose makes most people sneeze; the body thinks something may have crawled up there. Some people sneeze from allergies, from colds, from looking at the sun, after orgasm... The list goes on but it's intended to get something out of the nose even if the body's not sure. ...Read more
Antihistamine: Frequently an antihistamine such as claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra can help sneezing triggered by allergies. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can work, but does not last as long and frequently causes drowsiness. If the trigger of the sneezing can be identified, then avoidance of the trigger is preferred. An allergist can be a good resource to assist. ...Read more
Food: This should only happen when you are eating. When you sneeze air is pushed out through your nose and the mouth is closed and this sends food material in the back of your mouth out through your nose. If this happens and you have not been eating then please see your health care provider. ...Read more
Stress incontinence: Stress incontinence is very common in women, especially after they'v had kids because the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles are stretched. A sneeze (or any other kind of strainig) can cause leakage from the bladder. Try kegel's exercises and see your doctor to get personal advice! ...Read more
Usually allergies: Environmental alergies are most often the cause of repeated sneezing episodes. The culprits can be dust, grasses, weeds, mold, etc. Nonetheless toxic irritants can cause it too like strong fumes, smoking, paint, etc. ...Read more
Rhinitis: You are sneezing because your nose is irritated by something. This could be allergens in your environment. One common allergen in the bedroom would be dust mites or pet dander. Look in your environment for any other potential allergens or irritants and try to eliminate them. ...Read more
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