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Does sneezing mean you are sick?
Sneezing can be an early symptom of a cold or allergy. Sneezing spreads viruses like a cold or flu by creating aerosol droplets containing the viruses that caused the infection, which may then be inhaled by healthy individuals. Sneezing happens when the mucous membranes in your nose or throat are irritated.
Why do we always close our eyes when we sneeze?
Have you ever tried to keep your eyes open when you sneeze? You’ll find it’s virtually impossible to do so. It’s not known why this happens, but scientists think that when we sneeze, our brain sends a message to close our eyes (as well as the other signals mentioned above). It’s an involuntarily reflex – like when the doctor taps your knee and your knee jerks.
It is possible to sneeze with your eyes open if you try really hard. But the urge to close your eyes when you sneeze is very strong, and you are fighting against your body’s natural reflex. The body is putting as much effort into clearing out its airway as it can, so keeping them closed is a way to do this. Some people think it’s your body’s way to stop the irritant from entering through your eyes.
How to manage morning sneeze
In most cases, morning sneeze is the result of allergies, even if you are not suffering from any other allergy. It can be avoided and also treated with improving your personal hygiene. Beyond drug and food allergies, some people are allergic to environmental factors as well, such as grass seeds and pollen. When such allergens come in contact with the inner skin of your nose, your body tries to clear it, thus sneeze.
Sometimes, you may also be allergic to something in your pillow, and changing the pillow and not just the cover may help. If you sleep the heater or AC on during the night, its filter may have something that you are allergic to. Some medicines may be used to relieve your condition, such as Allegra, Claritin, Singulair, Zyrtec etc. If nothing helps, it’s better to get help from a medical professional and get a prescription.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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Why is it so important to sneeze correctly?
When you sneeze, droplets are expelled from your nose and mouth which can travel up to two metres away. These droplets may land on surfaces, such as tables, benches, doorknobs and other frequently touched items. When you have a respiratory virus, someone may then touch these surfaces or items and the virus is transferred to their hands. They can then become sick if their touch their mouth, nose or eyes.
What happens if you hold in a sneeze?
All that pressure has to go somewhere.
“If you keep the mouth or nose closed, the generated pressure will back up into your head (sinuses), nasal cavity, or down the throat back into the chest,” says Dr. Voigt.
“Suppressing the sneeze by holding the nose or mouth leads to a noticeable increase in pressure, about 5 to 24 times of that during a normal sneeze.”
Still, snuffling a sneeze is so quick, so that rise in pressure is over fast. That means it can’t be harmful, right? Well, not exactly.
“It’s kind of like saying that when Floyd Mayweather punches you, his glove is in contact with your face for only a fraction of a second,” says Ahmad R. Sedaghat, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. “But because the force/pressure during that fraction of second is so high, it can do real damage.”
Sneezing may also help you decongest
Air is expelled through your nostrils at roughly 100mph — and since the tongue doesn’t seal off the mouth completely, some people expel a mixture of snot and spit from there too (thank us later for the mental image). Each sneeze can indeed produce up to 40,000 droplets, Govindaraj says, and these droplets can travel up to 10 feet.
How to Stop the Sneezing Madness
If you’re sneezing what seems like “all of the time”, you may be suffering from allergies. give us a call here at Houston ENT & Allergy at 281-649-7000 or request an appointment. We can determine the specific allergens that are causing you to sneeze and prescribe the allergy treatment to get you through your day as sneeze-free as prudent and possible.