A sneeze is a forceful, sudden, uncontrolled burst of air through the nose and mouth.
Sneezing is caused by irritation to the mucous membranes of the nose or throat. It can be
very bothersome, but is rarely a sign of a serious problem.
Sneezing can be due to:
- Allergy to pollen, mold, dander, dust (hay fever)
- Breathing in corticosteroids (from certain nose sprays)
- Common cold or the flu
- Drug withdrawal
- Triggers such as dust, air pollution, dry air, certain medicines, spicy foods, strong emotions and powders
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if sneezing is affecting your life and home remedies do not work.
Alternative Names of sneezing:
Allergy – sneezing;
Hay fever – sneezing;
Flu – sneezing;
Cold – sneezing;
Dust – sneezing