Are you sneezing too much? Identify & get rid of triggers.

Sneezing is an involuntary mechanism by the body to expel unwanted germs, bacteria and other foreign substances from entering the nasal passages and lungs.

Animal dander, dust, pollen, infections caused due to flu, cough and cold are some of the key factors that trigger sneezing.

Body reflexes like blinking, breathing, sneezing are medically called as semiautonomous reflexes as we have certain control over it. However, if you are suffering from continuous sneezing without a break, it’s time for concern.

Stopping the sneeze may be a tricky affair; here are few ways on how you can stop those involuntary expulsions of air.

Know the Triggers:

If the sneeze is not the flu, cold or cough then several allergens could cause it. The list could include a range of items like mold, spices such as pepper, coriander, chili, pungent smells, etc. So it is always best to try and identify the causes behind those sneezes and stay away from it.

If you cannot figure out the reason, it is best to consult a doctor for an allergy test.

Treat Allergies:

If you know the cause for your sneezing, then it’s best to get treated for it. You could opt for an over the counter pill, intra-nasal spray or prescribed medicines that would keep the allergens under control.

If you think the problem is seasonal or caused due to pollutants like pet dander or mold at home or office, address the problem right away.

Eat Smaller Meals:

Few people tend to sneeze after eating and this condition has always baffled the medical community. Sneezing continuously after eating causes severe fatigue and pain in the rib cage area. Doctors recommend eating slow, small meals and chewing the food completely to avoid the problem.

Stay Way from Pollutants:

Besides regular allergens, there are certain airborne irritants that cause instant and continuous sneezing. Chemicals, cement, asbestos, coal, metal, poultry, certain types of wood, grains, flour cause sneezing and may lead to chronic respiratory problems. If you find these pollutants in and around your house, reduce the hazards by using proper ventilation.

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