Sneezing: we all do it, and we’ve all seen people do it. We recently talked about some of the myths and superstitions around sneezing, so today we’d like to talk about six interesting but true facts surrounding this reaction.

A speedy experience

Sneezes can travel up to 100 miles per hour and can travel up to five feet.

Unstoppable sneezes

Sneezing is an automatic reflex, which means once it starts, you can’t stop it.

No sleepy sneezes

You don’t sneeze when you’re asleep because the nerves involved in sneezing are at rest.

A light sneeze

In some people, sneezes are triggered when they look at the light. This is called ACHOO syndrome.

A plucky experience

Plucking your eyebrows can also cause you to sneeze, because you are irritating nerve endings in your face, which sets off the sneezing reflex.

Many medical causes

Sneezes can be caused by allergies, a sinus infection, nasal polyps, pollution, medications, and irritants like perfume.

If you are sneezing and you think the cause might be medical in nature, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an ENT doctor at CEENTA. The premier care you’ll receive is nothing to sneeze at.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. CEENTA has ENT doctors in nearly 20 locations in North and South Carolina. To make an appointment, call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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