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Why does the sun make me sneeze?

Asked by john65pennington (29057 points ) November 24th, 2011

Ever since I can remember, the sun makes me sneeze. I just really noticed this today, since the sun is shining so brightly in Tennessee. I walked out into the sunshine and instantly began sneezing about 7 times. Then, my sinuses began to run and well. the rest in downhill. Question: am I alone in this oddball situation or does the sun make other people sneeze and why?

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Mariah's avatar

You’re not alone. This happens to me too. Here’s an article on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photic_sneeze_reflex

john65pennington's avatar

Thanks Mariah. You okay?

Your suggested article states its a Solar Sneeze.

Duh, I figured that out myself.

Symbeline's avatar

That always happens to me, too. Sometimes manmade lights can do it, too. Sneezing sucks lol. Reading the Wiki article about it right now.

LuckyGuy's avatar

This is a big issue for the military. The Air Force has a concern about fighter pilots suddenly facing the sun and being blinded by the ensuing sneeze. There are talks of disqualifying anyone with this conditions from being a pilot . There are also talks of developing a photoactive visor to counteract this.

martianspringtime's avatar

I’m glad you asked this, because I’ve always wondered about why I sneeze when it’s very sunny but for some reason never thought to look it up.

Ayesha's avatar

I’m with you.

jazmina88's avatar

I thought it was the Ohio Valley beans….KY has very high allergy index. Rain and cold washes away pollens. So you would feel it more on sunny days.

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