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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Repeated sneezing

07/31/2007

Question:

My husband is 28 and he has been suffering from repeated sneezing at times. Usually he sneezes from 10-12 times at at once. Is it an allergy to something or something that needs attention. Pls adv the remedy or precaution for this problem.

Answer:

Repeated or so-called paroxysmal sneezing is most often associated with allergies.  Many people with allergies do this upon first awakening in the morning.  You might try to notice when this happens to your husband, to see if there is a connection with any particular exposure.  It might help for him to take an over the counter antihistamine such as claritin or loratadine.  If this does not help, then an evaluation by an allergist or ENT physician could be considered.

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Response by:

Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati