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What is a sneeze?
A sneeze is believed to be a defence mechanism to protect your airways from noxious fumes, particles and other harmful environmental factors.
Professor Richard Harvey, St Vincents and Macquarie University Hospitals, says it is triggered when the nerves in your nose detect a change in temperature or pain.
That's why things like air conditioning, smoke or the even the sun can make you sneeze.
Professor Harvey says the irritation to your nose makes it watery and itchy, while you also feel the need to hold your breath.
This leads to "an explosive release of air" — the sneeze.
How to Stop Tickling Inside Nose and Prevent Sneezing
The sensation of tickles inside your nostril is the first signs that your are about to sneeze. If you can get rid of tickling sensation then preventing sneezing becomes easy. Changing some lifestyle habits can work amazingly in making yourself control the sneeze.
- Wash your face daily with lukewarm water.
- Eat citrus fruits during winter to boost immune strength.
- Pinch or squeeze your nose when the sensation builds up.
- Diffuse essential oils such as lavender and peppermint.
- Drink plenty of water to maintain your body water levels in winter.
- Trim your nose hairs regularly (if they are big).
- Clean your nostrils daily to remove irritants.
Don’t try to stifle a sneeze as it can cause problems in eardrums. However, typically stifling a sneeze does not causes any other serious health condition. You might feel pressure on your lungs but generally it is not harmful. Eat healthy and protect yourself with warm clothes in winter.
Now you know the best natural remedies to stop sneezing instantly. So try multiple ways and pinch your nose for quick results. Eat natural antibiotic rich foods to make your immune stronger. These remedies might not help you with allergic sneezing.
So can you control how loud you are?
While you can't stop your nose from getting itchy and watery, you can control how loud you sneeze with "higher functions", Professor Harvey says.
He says you can quieten your sneeze by pinching and rubbing the nose or by sneezing through your nose, but that it is a "double-edged sword".
But how loud you sneeze isn't just an issue of your body and how it works.
Dr Barbara Evers, a senior lecturer of sociology at Murdoch University in Western Australia, says the sound of your sneeze also comes down to class, gender and culture.
She says guides on how to behave — known as manners books — have frowned upon poor nasal etiquette since the 15th century.
Dr Evers says over time the advice has changed, meaning the "appropriate" behaviour has become part of normal life and no longer needs to be pointed out — like blowing your nose "on your hat or clothing".
Today, there are still implicit rules around how women can and can't behave, Dr Evers says.
However, she says that is not the case for men in certain cultures like Japan, where loud sneezes are considered rude.
Even in English-speaking countries, saying "ah-choo" is the polite version of a sneeze rather than letting it rip, Dr Evers says.Loading
How to stop sneezing
Avoiding exposure to the allergen is the best way to control sneezing caused by allergies. An allergen is something that causes an allergic reaction.
Tips to reduce your exposure to allergens:
- Change furnace filters
- Remove pets from the home to get rid of animal dander
- Use air filters to reduce pollen in the air
- Wash linens in hot water (at least 130°F or 54°C) to kill dust mites
In some cases, you may need to move out of a home with a mold spore problem.
Sneezing that is not due to an allergy will disappear when the illness that is causing it is cured or treated.
When to contact a medical professional
Call your health care provider if sneezing is affecting your life and home remedies do not work.
What to expect at your doctor visit
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and look at your nose and throat. You’ll be asked about your medical history and symptoms. Questions may include when the sneezing started, whether you have other symptoms, or if you have allergies.
In some cases, allergy testing may be needed to find the cause.
Your doctor will suggest treatments and lifestyle changes for hay fever symptoms.
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