Seasonal allergies: how to stop sneezing
Sneezing is a normal process that allows your body to clear its nasal passageways and get rid of germs. But sneezing can also be irritating, especially when it doesn’t seem to let up.
So how do you put an end to those pesky symptoms? You can start by stopping by your local CityMD urgent care. We’ll get you an evaluation and treatment that can help relieve your symptoms, and fast.
What causes sneezing?
Seasonal allergies are a major cause of sneezing fits, but there are also many other reasons you may start sneezing and have trouble stopping. Sneezing is usually caused by an irritation in the nasal passages, which can develop for several reasons.
- Allergens. One of the biggest causes of sneezing fits are allergens such as dust, pet dander, and pollen.
- Respiratory illnesses. The common cold, flu, and other respiratory infections can cause sneezing and other symptoms like runny nose and cough.
- Irritants. Exposure to strong odors, fumes, smoke, or other irritants can cause sneezing and other symptoms like a runny nose or watery eyes, especially if you're more sensitive to these smells.
- Sinus infection. Inflammation or infection of the sinuses can cause sneezing and symptoms like headache and nasal congestion. Untreated sinus infections can also lead to more severe conditions like bronchitis.
- Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or other conditions can cause sneezing and other symptoms.
- Spices. Eating spicy foods can cause sneezing in some people due to the release of chemicals called histamines in the nasal passages. Remember: sneezing is a normal and healthy reflex that helps clear the nasal passages and protect the body from irritants. But it can still be annoying, especially if your sneezing doesn't resolve quickly.
Remember: sneezing is a normal and healthy reflex that helps clear the nasal passages and protect the body from irritants. But it can still be annoying, especially if your sneezing doesn't resolve quickly.
How long do seasonal allergies last?
It depends. Seasonal allergies usually last as long as the pollen counts are high in your area.
Maybe it’s a few weeks or several months, depending on the type of allergen and the climate in your region.
- The pollen season can start as early as late January and continue through November in areas with mild climates and short winters.
- In regions with longer, harsher winters, the pollen season may only last a few weeks in the spring and a couple of months in the fall.
It's important to note that the duration and severity of seasonal allergies can vary each year. Every person is different as well. Some people may experience symptoms for only a few days, while others can have symptoms that persist for the entire season.
Ways to stop sneezing
Here are five tips that can help you stop sneezing.
- Avoid triggers. If you know what triggers your sneezing, try to avoid them as much as possible. For example, if you have seasonal allergies try to stay indoors when pollen levels are high and keep the windows and doors closed.
- Use antihistamines. Over-the-counter antihistamines help reduce sneezing and other allergy symptoms.
- Use nasal sprays. Nasal sprays that contain decongestants or antihistamines can help relieve nasal congestion and reduce sneezing.
- Take a hot shower. The steam from a hot shower can help open the nasal passages, relieve nasal congestion, and reduce sneezing.
- Practice good hygiene. Reduce your exposure to germs by washing your hands regularly, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
While these tips may help reduce sneezing, it's always best to consult a healthcare provider if your sneezing is persistent or accompanied by other symptoms.
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