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Old 09-02-2007, 03:00 PM
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Why do I sneeze when I'm hungry?

If I go too long without eating — say I'm working a long shift and haven't had a chance to take a lunch break — I start feeling normal hunger pangs ... and then I start sneezing. Complete with excessive mucous buildup in my nose/sinuses. It's almost as if I'm having an allergic reaction to hunger.

Any medical explanation for this? I'm never heard of anybody else experiencing this phenomenon.
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:59 PM
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If I go too long without eating — say I'm working a long shift and haven't had a chance to take a lunch break — I start feeling normal hunger pangs ... and then I start sneezing. Complete with excessive mucous buildup in my nose/sinuses. It's almost as if I'm having an allergic reaction to hunger.

Any medical explanation for this? I'm never heard of anybody else experiencing this phenomenon.
It happens to me a bit. I asked my (doctor) aunt about it, and she told me that the process involved in wretching or vomiting is similar to sneezing in some way that I couldn't quite fathom. Since hunger pangs can cause nausea, maybe that's the connection.

And now I will promise to stop answering medical questions when I really don't know what I am talking about
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:06 PM
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It happens to me a bit. I asked my (doctor) aunt about it, and she told me that the process involved in wretching or vomiting is similar to sneezing in some way that I couldn't quite fathom. Since hunger pangs can cause nausea, maybe that's the connection.
Now that you mention it, the sneezing is frequently preceded by mild nausea ...
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:05 PM
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Now that you mention it, the sneezing is frequently preceded by mild nausea ...
Same in my case. I'd be interested to hear the views of medical Dopers.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:12 PM
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I sneeze when I have sudden sexual thoughts. I always assumed it was to do with erectile tissue, but never saw anything to back up the theory.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:45 PM
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I also have sneezing and a runny nose, but only when I've had just enough to eat. That began only after I had had a gastric by-pass. Curious.
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:18 PM
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Another odd thing is that this only started a couple years ago. I wonder if it's connected somehow to eating on an irregular schedule. I lived in a homeless shelter for eight years, where meals were served three times a day, always at the same times. I held down full-time employment for most of the time I lived there (I was trying to get out of debt, which was made easier by not having to choose between paying on the debt and paying rent/buying groceries), so meal times were irregular when I was working, but since I worked as a cook it was a simple matter to nibble on something as soon as I felt the first hints of hunger.

I don't cook for a living now, though, so eating at work is mostly limited to break times, which can sometimes be far enough apart that my stomach starts to complain.
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