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Can’t Stop Sneezing? 4 things that cause you to sneeze.

2020 has been one big foul so far with all kinds of flus and pandemics dominating the headlines. Then there are seasonal allergies that bring with them a runny nose and sneeze – or both. In these anxious times, it is important to learn more about the reasons that may lead up to sneezing.

Here is our round-up of the 4 things that cause you to sneeze and when you should see a doctor.

1. Virus

Sometimes viruses bring about infections such as the flu and common cold which can make you sneeze. There are over 200 different types of viruses that can cause you to sneeze. The most common of these is due to the result of the rhinovirus.

 Although they are mostly common in the spring and winter, people can catch these viruses at any time of the year. In fact, most adults will get two to three colds every year, and children may have more.

When this happens, your nose may start to tickle, and you’ll know that you’re about to get a common cold. The nose is trying to expel the viruses and germs out by sneezing. Mucus is another way that your body flushes out germs, which explains why the nose may tickle.

2. Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be either chronic or acute. If the tickling sensation in your nose persists for more than a few weeks, you may have chronic sinusitis. It happens when the nasal passages become swollen and inflamed. It is common for chronic sinusitis to last at least 12 weeks and comes with the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Discomfort or pain around the eyes
  • Difficulty breathing

3. Environmental irritants

The ambient air could be filled with things that may irritate the nasal passages. People who develop an adverse response to these irritants have what medical practitioners call ‘nonallergic rhinitis’. This condition shares the same symptoms as seasonal allergies, but it’s not because of an immune reaction. You may experience a runny nose, sneezing, or some other nasal irritation. Common types of irritants include smoke, cleaning products, and fragrances. 

4. Allergies

Allergic symptoms flare when the body’s immune system reacts to something harmless such as pollen, mold, or dust. The immune system overreacts by producing antibodies to fight the ‘foreign invader’ and protect your body. This will typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sneezing.

Allergies may last all year long or could be a result of seasonal changes. When this happens, the nose will start to feel tickly and itchy, resulting in frequent sneezing.

When to See Your Doctor

There are many reasons for sneezing, most of which can be resolved by the passage of time or with home remedies. Sneezing is rarely a sign of a serious problem, but if your symptoms persist and don’t improve, you should go and see your doctor. 

Give us a call at (469)262-5762 or request an appointment. Our medical experts can determine the specific reasons that are leading you to sneeze and create a proper treatment plan to get you through your day as sneeze-free as possible.