Fun Facts About Sneezing
Sneezing is something we all do from time to time, but how often do you pause to think about what’s actually happening in your body when you sneeze?
A sneeze begins when nerve endings in the lining of your nose are “tickled” by invaders, which range from common allergens1 to triggers you won’t believe.
- After large meals.1
- Plucking eyebrows: Those nerve endings are quite sensitive3
- Strong emotions2 (like fear)
- Working out: Over-exertion dries your nose and mouth; dripping sweat can irritate the nostrils, and voila—achoo!4
- After sex: Sneezing can be a response either to sexual ideation or in response to orgasm4
While the causes of sneezing vary, the sneeze itself remains the same. Here are 7 facts about sneezing that shed some light on what’s really going on.
7 FUN FACTS ABOUT SNEEZING
1. ScienceLine. Why do people sneeze? https://scienceline.org/2008/01/ask-hadhazy-sneeze. Accessed August 9, 2019.
2. MedlinePlus. Sneezing. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003060.htm. Accessed August 9, 2019.
3. Everyday Mysteries. Fun science facts from the library of congress. https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/sneeze.html. Accessed August 9, 2019.
4. NCBI. Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon. https://misuse.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/error/abuse.shtml. Accessed August 9, 2019.
5. University of Illinois Undergraduate Library. Health Questions. https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/09/12/the-eye-popping-truth-about-sneezing/. Accessed August 9, 2019.
6. KidsHealth. What Makes Me Sneeze? http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/sneeze.html. Accessed August 9, 2019.
7. Bionumbers. Number of droplets that can be generated by a sneeze. https://bionumbers.hms.harvard.edu/bionumber.aspx?id=108804&ver=0. Accessed August 9, 2019.