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FutureMemory's avatar

When I sneeze, why is it always multiple (usually 6-8 times) in a row?

Asked by FutureMemory (24721points) October 10th, 2010

What would cause this?

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jca's avatar

some people have what I call the “multiple sneeze gene” where they never sneeze just once. My mom has it, my coworker has it. I don’t have it, i sneeze just once.

Drewseph's avatar

Your nostrils must not be big enough.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Because your nose hasn’t gotten all the irritants out of it yet.

FutureMemory's avatar

Just did a deca-sneeze, I’m goin’ for the record.

john65pennington's avatar

I know where you are coming from and i hear you. you are not alone. my record, so far, is thirteen consecutive sneezes in a row. one time, i sneezed so hard and for so long, that i threw a disc out of my lower back. be careful. i believe this is a genetic situation. my dad’s sneezing was identical to mine. thanks, dad.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I’m with you on this. For the majority of my life, I never sneezed more than twice in a row. It was so weird and once I noticed this, I paid attention every time I sneezed to see if I was right. If I didn’t get it the first sneeze, the second sneeze was gigantic to make up for it, and then done.

At some point in my 20’s, I broke through the two-sneeze barrier and now the number varies.

I’m sure your body knows why.. I wonder if there’s something genetically or physiologically that makes this happen.

The_Inquisitor's avatar

That happens to me too! =\

webserf's avatar

The answer is Histamine. Your sneezes are caused by the nasal cells releasing this chemical. There is/are more than one reason people sneeze, so your sneezes may be the cause of an irritant, or other factor that takes more than one sneeze to resolve.

Some people look in to the sun, which also causes a reaction in the nasal passages, hence the brain causes a release of histamine, and FORCES the body to sneeze. Quite remarkable actually, because this in turn forces one to look away from that bright light!

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