A sneeze is a sudden, forceful, uncontrolled burst of air through the nose and mouth.
Sneezing is caused by irritation to the mucus membranes of the nose or throat. It can be very bothersome, but israrely a sign of a serious problem.
- Allergy to pollen, mold, dander, dust (
- Breathing in corticosteroids (from certain nose sprays)
Common coldor the flu Drug withdrawal
- Triggers such as dust, air pollution, dry air, spicy foods, strong emotions, certain medicines,and powders
Avoiding exposure to the
Tips to reduce your exposure:
- Change furnace filters
- Remove pets from the home toget rid ofanimal dander
- Travel to areas with low pollen counts
- Use air filters to reduce pollen in the air
- Wash linens in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill dust mites
In some cases, you may need to move out of a home with a mold spore problem.
Sneezing that is not due to an allergy will disappear when theillness that is causing it is cured or treated.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health careprovider if sneezing is affecting your life and home remedies do not work.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Yourhealth careprovider will perform a physical exam and your nose and throat. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as:
- During what time of year is sneezing the worst?
- When did the sneezing begin?
- How long do sneezing episodes last?
- Do you have a history of allergies?
- Have you been outdoors more than usual?
- Do you have any new pets?
- What have you done to try to relieve the sneezing?
- How well has it worked?
- What other symptoms do you have?
In some cases,
Your health care provider will suggest treatments and lifestyle changes for
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