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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« on: 11/06/2009 13:30:02 »
Tim Shaw  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Whenever I sneeze, I invariably sneeze twice in quick succession. I've noticed other people have a sneeze number too: once, twice, or even three times.

Is there a reason for this?

Cheers,
Tim

Zurich, Switzerland

What do you think?


 

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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« Reply #1 on: 12/06/2009 09:15:58 »
Just guessing here, but could it be inherited?
 

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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« Reply #2 on: 12/06/2009 09:21:11 »
Grrrrrr !!


I sneeze just the once.....but wifey   ?...when she starts I go for a shave...it really rather peeves me orf !!...she sneezes 7 or 8 times !!

.........as sympathetic as I am to her sneezing woe, I don't see any reason why she should not accommodate us by going into the cupboard under the stairs during her nasal insufflations !
 

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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« Reply #3 on: 12/06/2009 09:26:13 »
Just guessing here, but could it be inherited?

it might just be. A sneeze is an attempt to get rid of an irritant (photic sneezing aside) so a smaller nasal cavity might need more sneezes to get rid of the same irritant as a larger one (or vice versa)
 

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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« Reply #4 on: 13/06/2009 13:45:18 »
Allergy or atopy tends to run in families and this is a common reason to sneeze, as in allergic rhinitis (hayfever). Therefore sneezing fits could be genetic on those grounds.

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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« Reply #5 on: 13/06/2009 15:47:12 »
So its true! Noses run in my family. My Mrs rounds off a few coughs with a sneeze or two, but then she's connected up all wrong anyway.
 

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Why do sneezes come in twos and threes?
« Reply #7 on: 07/07/2009 21:23:55 »
This has always bothered me. I am triple sneezer and everyone always looks at me like I am possessed or something.
 

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