man sneezingWhile the cold and flu season is winding down, the allergy season is now in full swing. So, sneezes are here to stay.

We all do it – sneeze that is. But how much do you really know about sneezing. Here are some strange facts about sneezing.

  1. Your sneezes can travel up to 100 miles per hour. The faster the air moves out of your nose, the louder the sneeze.
  2. Your germ-ridden, mucus spray can spread in a five-foot radius, and land as far as 30 feet away. A single sneeze can produce up to 40,000 droplets.
  3. Sunlight does cause some people to sneeze. About one in four people sneeze in sunlight, it’s a reaction called a photic sneeze reflex. Scientists believe that the message the brain receives to shrink the pupils in the presence of bright light may cross paths with the message the brain receives to sneeze.
  4. It’s normal to sneeze multiple times. Those irritating particles that get trapped in the nasal passages and are expelled by sneezes don’t always exit on the first try. It can take several attempts to clear them out.
  5. Your eyes close involuntarily when you sneeze. While no one likes to sneeze and close their eyes while driving, there’s really nothing you can do about it. It’s an involuntary reflex and part of the message the brain receives leading up to a sneeze.
  6. An “outsie” is better than an “inney.” We’ve all done it…tried to hold a sneeze back in one of those awkward moments or places.  Healthcare professionals don’t recommend suppressing a sneeze. It can lead to injuries, including broken blood vessels in the eyes, ruptured ear drums, and weakened blood vessels in the brain.
  7. Sneezing is a full-body workout. One sneeze engages your nose, eyes, throat, chest, diaphragm, brain, arms, and abdomen.
  8. You can’t sneeze while sleeping. While you are sleeping, the nerves that cause you to sneeze are also at rest.

When your sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose finally get the best of you, come visit one of our ENT or allergy specialists for the relief you deserve.


The information on this blog is provided for general information purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, care, treatment or evaluation; nor should it be used in diagnosing a health condition. You are encouraged to consult your health care provider if you or a family member has or suspect you have a medical problem.