Allergy, a Bacteria, or a Virus?

What Makes You Sneeze?

Your nose? Your nose although a small portion of your face actually has a more complex job. The nose alters the conditions of the inhaled air you breath. It makes the air warm and humid by creating aerosol droplets containing mucus.

The tiny hairs inside the nose are usually the culprits that causes you to sneeze. Those hairs have the job of preventing large particles from entering the airways of your body. Their job is very important because they prevent harmful invading particles from being carried to your lungs. This way they protect your lungs from having to fight disease and prevent infection from entering your body. Sometimes the tiny hairs have trouble and the white blood cells in the body

Those hairs initiate the sneeze in order to expel what they deem to be 'harmful particles' from your body. So mostly when you sneeze is due to your body tossing our invading foreign particles from the nasal passage. When the tiny hairs need to expel something, they toss out the aerosol mucus droplets formed around the particle. A sneeze can travel a long way.

Sneezing can also be caused by rubbing your nose with feathers. Sneezing can also be caused by sudden exposure to bright light. Bright light sneezing has been coined, Photic Reflex. We tend to sneeze quite a lot when we have an allergy, virus and sometimes a bacteria infection because those tiny hairs are working hard to  prevent harmful invading particles from entering our body.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I used to get secondary bacterial infections in my sinuses and the doctor prescribed one of the penicillins to clear it up. Unfortunately I became allergic and now that powerhouse ( penicillin ) can never again be utilized if needed. What I have since found out (should have listened to my mother earlier!) was that salt water helps to clear sinuses...even bacterial infected ones. In my personal experience it works JUST AS FAST as antibiotics ever did. Now...due to another hubpage writer...I discovered the Neti Pot. Wow! Even my seasonal allergies are better with the use of that. And natural! Have your readers look into this natural approach if they are bothered by seasonal allergies and sinus problems.

A friend of mine who has even had sinus surgery but still suffers has claimed wonderful results with the Neti Pot. I should be a new spokesperson! Ha!


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Galadriel Arwen 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Jite and Sandyspider! Hope this resolves the questions most of us ask this time of year.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

This is the season I sneeze a lot. Nice hub.


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jite 6 years ago from delhi

very informative hub,Thanks


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Galadriel Arwen 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for the positive comment John! 'Before you call for help…' Is this what you mean? The dots were placed are there to indicate the answer is coming up. Perhaps I should have used the phrase - 'Read on!' instead?


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I liked the video. You have an incomplete thought at the end of the second paragraph; I think it was a accidental deletion.

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    The Lack of Sleep and Vitamin B6

    When you are having that allergy, virus or bacteria infection and taking either an antihistamines or decongestants, you are also loosing the essential Vitamin B6. Why you ask? Because antihistamines or decongestant you are taking uses Vitamin B6 to travel about in your blood and reduce the inflamation you are experiencing. So, while you are having problems breathing you might be suffering from fever blisters [Vitamin B6 prevents] and sleep issues as well.

    A study recently revealed that people who routinely averaged 7 hours of sleep each night had the lowest mortality rates. Most people need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each night to stay healthy, so listen to your body and get the amount of rest that feels appropriate for you. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night can make your Real Age as much as 3 years younger and give you time to refresh and repair your internal cellular system.

    Perhaps another reason you are not able to get enough sleep might be that you lack adequate levels of Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 known as, Pyridoxine, eases insomnia, helps form red blood cells, makes protein, creates serotonin in the brain, helps maintain nerve health. Vitamin B6 is reported to stay or prevent many diseases like: mild depression, inflammation, PMS, plus some heart and vascular diseases.

    So if you are having insomnia and have an allergy virus or bacterial infection, perhaps you ought to take a look at Vitamin B6 replacement. Natural sources of Vitamin B6 include: avocados, bananas, chickpeas, fish, poultry, and potatoes.

    Remember, it never hurts to check with your PCP regarding the correct daily dose of Vitamin B6 that might benefit you when taking antihistamines and decongestants. Traditionally, Vitamin B6 is prescribe in doses from one 3mg tab QD [daily] to 100mg dose [daily] broken down to 50mg BID [twice a day] according to your regular dietary menu and body repair needs.

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