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Is the act of sneezing contagious?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Levine
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: No
Sneezing is a reflex caused by irritation to the inner lining.

In brief: No
Sneezing is a reflex caused by irritation to the inner lining.
Dr. Steven Levine
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
Sneezing is a reflex originating in the nerves (sensory) innervating the nasal lining surface.
The reflex then ascends to the brain which then causes the muscles of the chest and the diaphragm to contract. This enables us to eliminate the irritant that started the original irritation. This complex reflex arc starting in the nose is highly unlikely contagious. If a virus started it, it could be.

In brief: Probably not
Sneezing is a reflex originating in the nerves (sensory) innervating the nasal lining surface.
The reflex then ascends to the brain which then causes the muscles of the chest and the diaphragm to contract. This enables us to eliminate the irritant that started the original irritation. This complex reflex arc starting in the nose is highly unlikely contagious. If a virus started it, it could be.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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