View Full Version : Anyone else get sneezing 'fits'?

06-16-2011, 02:32 PM
Sparked by today's classic column...

For as long as I can remember I've had occasional sneezing 'fits.' I'll be sitting, working quietly or just reading or watching tv, and I'll sneeze. Then again. Over and over. Usually 5 or 6 times, but it's been as many as nine (Yes, I count, what else can you do while sneezing?) And then it's over until the next time. This happens maybe twice a month, but not on any regular schedule.

The thing is, this doesn't seem to be related to anything else. Like I said, I'm generally sitting still indoors when it happens, so it's not like I've suddenly stirred up dust. I have no allergies, not to food or drugs. I don't react to pollen. It never develops into a cold and I have no other symptoms. For example, my nose doesn't run before or during or afterwards, I don't have a sore throat or any body pains at all. No fever. Nothing. I just sneeze like a maniac five or whatever times and then the last sneeze sort of aborts -- you know, you inhale and inhale and inhale and then the urge to sneeze just vanishes. Sneezus Interruptus.

I don't expect there's a real answer to this mini-mystery but I was wondering if anyone else experiences this?

Nars Glinley
06-16-2011, 02:35 PM
That sounds exactly like my daughter. No idea what causes it.

06-16-2011, 03:14 PM


06-16-2011, 03:18 PM
My father did this; no idea why.

06-16-2011, 03:18 PM
My co-worker always sneezes about 10 or 12 times in a row.

Took a while to get used to it. I email her -

Bless you
Bless you
Bless you
Bless you
Bless you

06-16-2011, 03:22 PM
Perhaps related to "sun sneeze?"

"Stomach fullness is another example of a stimulus that causes uncontrollable sneezing that may be linked to the Photic Sneeze Reflex."

Oh, and notice the Dan Savage column this week

06-16-2011, 03:29 PM
Just read a story in my local paper (http://democratandchronicle.com/article/20110616/NEWS01/110616003/Sneezing-attack-triggers-crash-Hamlin) this morning about a woman whose sneezing fit caused her to crash her car.

Dung Beetle
06-16-2011, 03:50 PM
My husband does this also. I don’t even count anymore, but I would imagine it’s about 20 times in a row.

06-16-2011, 03:53 PM
I used to have a coworker who did this. We would keep track of her sneezes to see if she could beat her old record! (I think the most was 11)

06-16-2011, 04:00 PM
Yep, sometimes it's my most intense workout of the week.

06-16-2011, 04:21 PM
Has happened to me ~10 times in life. I usually have 5-10 seconds between sneezes and all have been >20 in a row. I remember unloading the dishwasher for several of the fits but certainly doesn't happen every time that I do that. I have stopped them the last couple of time by either plunging my face into a bowl of water and holding my breath or just putting my face under the faucet and doing the same.

Afterwards I have the most incredible euphoric floating on air feeling- "drugged" does not even begin to describe it, but I don't know if it is from rattling my brain, lack of O2, or something else.

Al Bundy
06-16-2011, 05:09 PM
Yes I can say I have it occasionally. I can sense it coming. There feels like something tickling my inner nasal cavity. It feels very good to repeat a few sneezes and clear the air. Sometimes it passes with no sneezes. When things come and go like this it suggests they are not serious.

06-16-2011, 05:48 PM
My wife's father used to have sneezing fits during the fifteen years I knew him. Curiosity got me to start counting. It was ALWAYS eleven sneezes in about 90 seconds.

He never knew we were counting, of course. We found it mildly amusing.

Interesting: I just read post #9.

06-16-2011, 06:47 PM
I do it too, usually 5 or 6 sneezes in a row. Now that I think about it, I don't know if I can sneeze just once.

06-16-2011, 08:20 PM
My personal record is 13. My grandma apparently did 17 in a row once. I can't figure out a cause, either. Occasionally, it actually really hurts and I walk around with a sore rib cage for a day.

06-16-2011, 08:20 PM
My sneezes almost always come in pairs.

06-16-2011, 09:09 PM
Yep, between 30 and 50 in a row with less than a 5-second interval between them. Very annoying. Happens in the late evening sometimes if I'm really worn out, other than that I haven't been able to identify a stimulus.

The Devil's Grandmother
06-16-2011, 09:19 PM
I have sneeze fits, but I haven't counted them. Perhaps I'll start doing that.

06-16-2011, 09:47 PM
Happens to me practically every time I sneeze these days. It generally feels like there's something inside my nose tickling my sinuses when it happens, and sometimes I'll sneeze and then sneeze again without sufficient time to breathe in between the sneezes. Last time that happened four times in a row and I thought I was going to asphyxiate before I was able to pull in some air, and the sneezing fit continued for another ten or so sneezes.

My sneezes are fairly explosive anyway, so doing them that many times in a row is just agonizing. My chest muscles are always really sore afterward.

06-17-2011, 12:02 AM
Wow. How can there be so many of us who have this symptom, and yet you never hear a single thing about it?

06-17-2011, 02:16 AM
Wow. How can there be so many of us who have this symptom, and yet you never hear a single thing about it?

Psychology? Maybe *everybody* has it, so most think it's normal?

For example, I never hear that people get creeped out to watch someone biting down on a large dirty rusty bolt. Then they wiggle it around so their teeth make a screeky crunching noise. Then they hold a razor knife up to the web between their fingers and make sawing motions and put tufts of fiberglas all over their sweaty necks while rubbing two very dry blocks of styrofoam together.

06-17-2011, 09:42 AM
My dad used to do this. His were allergy related. It doesn't happen quite as much as it used to thanks to medication, but I'm sure he can still have a sneezing fit.
We used to joke with him about it.

Him: Sneeze
Us: Bless you
Him: Sneeze
Us: Bless you
Him: Sneeze
Us: OK, now you're showing off."
Sneeze, sneeze, sneeze, and so on.

Dung Beetle
06-17-2011, 10:05 AM
My sneezes almost always come in pairs.

Me too. I think we’re the normal ones.

My husband started to sneeze last night, and I was secretly counting and rooting for him to get to an impressive number for me to post, but alas, he only got to about six. :p

06-17-2011, 12:28 PM
"Sneezus Interruptus." Now THAT'S Funny!
Sneeze; The funniest word in the dictionary. :D

06-17-2011, 01:33 PM
I have one just about every morning right after (although sometimes, it's during) breakfast. Once in a while, I'll get one in the evening as well. Just like my dad.

06-17-2011, 02:05 PM
Wow. How can there be so many of us who have this symptom, and yet you never hear a single thing about it?

Since for most of us it happens randomly and the mortality rate for it is extremely low, I'm thinking it just fell off the list of things for scientists to research.

I do it but only one of my three kids has the same affliction.

06-17-2011, 05:52 PM
I don't, but a friend of mine will sneeze 5-6 times in a row.

We call them sneezures.

12-17-2014, 07:20 PM
I was just looking up about this and I found your question. I have the same issue. I can sneeze up to 20 or 25 times even. Drives me crazy, especially if I am driving or in a restaurant. My mother, my brother and my uncle all do the same thing yet I have 2 other brothers and another uncle who do not.

Saturn Dreams
12-17-2014, 08:48 PM
I get them too. I don't know what my record is but when I sneeze, it's never a single. Maybe about 10 or so. My young son gets a kick out of it. I can stop them whenever I want, but why would I? It just feels so good to get it out:)

12-18-2014, 01:01 AM
I get these too. They don't seem to be allergy related since I will get 5 to 7 really nice sneezes randomly every few months. Just out of the blue, sneezesneezesneezesneezesneeze...stare at a bright light...sneeze. The last one is very satisfying.

Accidental Martyr
12-18-2014, 12:04 PM
I always sneeze multiple times. I don't think I've ever sneezed just once in my life. The majority of the time it's 7 in a row, sometimes quickly followed by another group of sneezes.

12-18-2014, 12:37 PM
A friend of mine always sneezes eight or nine times in a row, and with really high-pitched, short sneezes, so it sounds like a chorus of mice yelling "SHIT SHIT SHIT" at the top of their tiny, little lungs... All of her friends know not to (a) comment, (b) laugh or (c) count and tell her how many times she sneezed. (b) is particularly difficult.

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