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Surprising Facts About Sneezing

Achoo! 5 Things You May Not Know About Sneezing

Everybody sneezes, but some people sneeze daily while other folks just don't. The sneeze is your body's way of expelling foreign element from your nose from irritants like dust and pollen, to bacteria and viruses. This blustery act is more complicated than all that. Check out these five surprising facts about this ordinary phenomenon.

  1. Exercise makes people sneeze. When working hard and breathing heavy, your mouth and nose dry up. Your schnoz reacts by dripping, which makes you sneeze.
  2. Sneezes break the speed limit. Traveling at 100 miles per hour, a single sneeze blows air and mucus out of your mouth and nose, sending out 100,000 germs into the air. That's good news for you, but bad news for those around you. Remember to sneeze into your elbow!
  3. Your sneeze reflex sleeps with you. Yep, you don't have to worry about sneezing in your sleep, because your sneezing nerves take a snooze when you do.

Learn why both the sun and sex can bring on a sneeze when you


  1. Sneezes and the sun have something in common. One out of three people will sneeze when exposed to bright sunlight. Actually, light sensitivity is genetic, so chances are if you're a sun sneezer, someone in your family is too.
  2. Sex is another sneeze trigger. "Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system fires off signals in some people to not only enjoy the act of sex, but to sneeze when it's over."
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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I am a super-loud sneezer and I'm not ashamed of it. It cleans out my nose really well...I just make sure to always sneeze in a tissue or in my sleeve.
julea julea 7 years
I sneeze EVERY time I have a mint-- at least a strong mint. Anyone else? My mom does too. My mother also sneezes like she's dying from it. "Yaaaa-CHAA!" My sister is a "cute sneezer". I think I just sneeze normally..... I do get a runny nose when exercising, but rarely sneeze when exercising. Sneezes are so weeeeird. lol!
lovekailua lovekailua 7 years
Another loud sun sneezer here :) My dad, for as long as I can remember, sneezes about 10 times in a row (LOUDLY) every evening. It is the family joke "sneezing fit time." Kinda annoying in a restaurant, lol, but he cannot stop it.
MsChoo MsChoo 7 years
Oh no wonder I sneeze indoors and outdoors. Never knew the sun could make a person sneeze.
amnyr30 amnyr30 7 years
I'm another loud sneezer, which tends to surprise/amuse people given that I'm kind of small. I never understood how some people can sneeze so quietly and not have their heads explode! I do sneeze multiple times a day as well, but I'm almost constatly surrounded by dust and other particulates. As for being a sun sneezer, I'm not sure, but if I have a sneeze inside that doesn't want to come out, it helps if I look up to the light. I didn't know that exercise can trigger sneezing - I'll have to pay attention to that from now on!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I am also a sun-sensitive loud sneezer.. people always talk about how loud my sneeze is.. i can't really temper it though! I also have dust sensitivity.. and my office is covered in dust.. so I sneeze all day at work.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
is it true that you cannot sneeze with your eyes open?
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 7 years
I disagree with #3, I've been woken up by a sneeze many times. Maybe I'm just odd. :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
i'm a daily (if not more) sneezer, and I sneeze three times every time. People always ask me if i'm getting a cold, it's so annoying.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
I'm a sun-sneezer, and a very loud sneezer. It was always embarrassing in class when another girl would sneeze: "ii-choo!' all cute, and then I would sneeze "AHHHHHHHH-SMARGLECHOOB!!!!!!!!!!"
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