Why do we sneeze?

We all sneeze with the sound Achoo!!
In the medical world, ACHOO is an acronym for a sternutation disorder called (autosomal dominant compulsive helio-ophthalmic outbursts) syndrome.

Everyone sneezes, even the average healthy person does, sometimes at least four times a day.

But do we all know why, exactly, do we sneeze?

Sneezing is also called Sternutation. It is a mechanism which your body uses to clear the nose. When any mucus from a cold or the flu, dirt, smoke, allergens like pollen, pollution, perfume, dust particles etc. enter the nostrils, the nose becomes irritated or tickled. They interact with the tiny hairs and delicate skin that line your nasal passage. It also irritates the sensitive mucous membranes inside the nose and throat. When the membrane becomes irritated the message is sent to the brain to sneeze. Sneezing removes the irritating substances from the nose. Everyone’s nervous system is the same but the signal which travels from the nerves takes different paths to and from the brain, this results in different sneeze scenarios from person to person.

Muscles play a very important role while sneezing, which involves the abdominal muscles, the chest muscles, the diaphragm (the large muscle beneath the lungs helps to breathe), the muscles that control the vocal cords, muscles in the back of the throat and the eyelid muscles. These muscles work together to send the irritation out of the nose.

In most cases, a deep breath is taken and the eyes are shut, the tongue moves to the roof of the mouth, the chest muscles tighten and the pressure is built to sneeze. All this happens in a fraction of a second. When the eyelids shut automatically and sneeze occurs, more irritants potentially are prevented from entering and aggravating the eyes. The sneeze carries many microbes, which can spread diseases like the flu. It is always better to avoid physical contact with anyone who has flu or a cold.

Is it healthy to sneeze?

Sneezing is good. Its the important part of the immune process that helps to protect the body against bacteria and viruses. Never try to hold the sneeze as it can be dangerous. It can rupture the eardrums, can lead to nose bleeding or damage the blood vessels in the eyes and brain. It can change the rhythm of the heartbeat but doesn’t cause your heart to stop. It is bad when you are sick and there are people around. A sneeze blast bacterial droplets into the air and onto the skin. Proper precautions are necessary to take care of yourself and those around you.

Facts about sneezing:

  • Sneezing in the sudden presence of bright light, especially sunlight is due to light-sensitiveness, which is a genetic trait. This sensation is known as photic sneeze reflex.
  • You do not sneeze when you sleep. When you rest, so do your nerves
  • You can not sneeze with your eyes open
  • When your mouth and nose dry up, the nose reacts with a drip – making you sneeze
  • Sex can cause a sneezing trigger
  • A sneeze can travel 100 miles per hour and can release 100,000 germs into the air
  • Plucking eyebrows may make you sneeze

Sneezing etiquette :

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a thick tissue
  • If you don’t have a tissue, Sneeze into your elbow
  • Don’t sneeze into your hands
  • Put your used tissue in a wastebasket
  • Wash your hands after sneezing

It is always good to be aware of the allergies and health problems that make you sneeze by taking necessary precautions. It is also advisable to contact a doctor.  For any health-related queries contact the qualified doctor on nULTA app now!!!

By | 2018-10-30T16:24:00+00:00 October 30th, 2018|General|0 Comments

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