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Allergies can be a real strain on a person’s life, where day-to-day activities are interrupted by constant sneezing, and sleeping through the night is a challenge. While sneezing is a reflex that helps to expel allergens, the repetitive uncontrollable reaction can be very uncomfortable.
Sneezing occurs when the nasal mucous membranes are irritated, causing a person to expel any foreign particles from the nasal cavity through a quick push of air through the nose and mouth. Sneezing is triggered by various factors, and when it comes to allergies, sneezing is caused by allergens (like dust, pollen and dander) that enter the nasal mucous membranes, which in turn release histamine.
Typically, a person suffering from allergies will sneeze numerous times in a row, often forcefully. Not only is sneezing characterized by unpredictable outbursts that can startle and frustrate, frequent and/or forceful sneezing can lead to a variety of painful outcomes.
As a result from excessive sneezing, a person may experience soreness in their:
In addition, there is always a need for tissues or other absorbent materials to handle all the expelled mucous throughout the day and night.
There are different ways to reduce the symptoms of allergies, but the typical method is to treat with medication, such as antihistamines and nasal decongestants. However, it may be necessary to build up a body’s immunity to specific allergens through allergy shots.
At Houston Sinus & Allergy, we offer state-of-the-art allergy testing to determine what course of action to take to provide relief from sneezing. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified ENT who specializes in allergy treatments, and has over a decade of experience in helping patients live more comfortably by identifying causes and providing effective solutions. If you suffer from excessive sneezing, get in touch with us for help: book an assessment or contact us today!