HOW TO STOP SNEEZING
When it comes to your nose, there are few things more annoying than constant sneezing—especially when you have no idea why it’s happening so often. You’re noticing it, and others probably are, too. But to put an end to the endless achoos it’s important to figure out the root of the problem so you can treat your problem the right way.
What causes excessive sneezing?
First, you should know that sneezing is a healthy part of your body’s immune process. It protects your body by clearing it of viruses and bacteria. If you’ve inhaled an irritant, your body sends signals to close your throat, eyes, and mouth, triggering a sneeze. As for repeated sneezing fits, there are two major causes.
Particles in the air such as pollen, dust, smoke, and pet dander can irritate your nose. If you know what triggers your allergies, take the right antihistamine for it. There are other ways you can help your body stop sneezing as a result of allergies.
When you’re indoors, minimize your exposure to the triggers. Things that can help are:
- Keeping your home dry with a dehumidifier
- Bathing your pets regularly with an anti-dander shampoo
- Reducing dust and mold in your home with regular cleaning
- If you notice certain plants make your sneezing worse, see if someone else wants them
When you’re out, here are a few things that can help during a high pollen count:
- Avoiding outdoor tasks like cutting the grass or raking leaves
- Leaving outdoor activities for early mornings and late afternoons
- Wearing an allergy mask
- Changing clothes and showering when coming back inside
Cold and Flu
Sneezing often accompanies the common cold and flu. You may have one or the other if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- A runny nose
- Sore throat
- Chest congestion
How to get longer-lasting relief from excessive sneezing
End the misery and stop sneezing fits with the right treatment. There are two main causes for your constant sneezing.
When it’s a stuffed-up nose
If you’re experiencing a stuffy nose alongside your sneezing, a nasal decongestant may be good to have on hand. Medicines containing pseudoephedrine HCl, phenylephrine HCl, or oxymetazoline HCl can help shrink the swollen mucus membranes in your nose. If you want to read up more on all nose-related things, take a look at our article on how to get rid of a stuffy nose.
When it’s the cold and flu
Finally, if you’re feeling flu-y or have the common cold, speak to your doctor to find the right solution for relieving excessive sneezing. For over-the-counter relief, look for the Mucinex® Multi-Symptom product line. It helps you fight multiple symptoms at the same time.
Gesundheit! Once you figure out from where your constant sneezing stems, you can help give your nasal passages the right relief. Here’s to fewer sneezes in your future!