Sneezing

What is Sneezing?

This is your body’s way of eliminating any irritants or toxins from the nasal passages. See our Cold and Flu entry as sneezing can itself be a symptom of these. In certain individuals, sneezing can also be caused by exposure to bright light as well as irritation of the mucosa. This is called the photic sneeze reflex.

What are the Symptoms of Sneezing?

An occasional sneeze is nothing to worry about. Sneezing that is part of a cold will go away with the cold, usually in about a week. However, persistent sneezing or sneezing accompanied by other allergy symptoms (a runny or congested nose, a sore throat, or itchy, watery eyes) may indicate something else and you should go to the doctor

What are the Causes of Sneezing?

Sneezing is caused by an irritant in the nasal passages

Traditional Medical Treatments for Sneezing

If your sneezing is the result of an allergy, it can generally be treated with over the counter medications. You can also try to reduce suspect allergens from your home such as dust, mould etc. You should go to your doctor who will examine you.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Sneezing

Herbal Therapies: Hot teas made from either red clover (Trifolium pratense) or nettle (Urtica dioica) are thought to relieve allergy symptoms and make breathing easier by reducing inflammation. Homeopathy : Depending on your specific symptoms, a Homeopath may prescribe one of the following remedies: Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, or Natrum muriaticum. Remedies that come from pollen or other allergens may also work. For sneezing episodes, you may be prescribed Arsenicum album, Sabadilla, Euphrasia, Allium cepa, or Dulcamara.