金沙棋牌平台:Why some people sneeze when the sun comes out

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By Richard Webb Are you a photic sneezer? Take the questionnaire and find out I WAS rounding the corner to the bus stop when it hit me – a bright shaft of sunlight smack between the eyes. My reaction was immediate: an unpleasant prickling in my nose, a quickening of my breath, an uncontrollable watering of my eyes. Then, almost as quickly as the sensation came, relief, blessed relief. Aaaaa-tisshoo! A sneeze. It wasn’t the first time. In fact, the same thing happens every time I go into the sun. For a long time, I thought it was a quirk all of my own. Then a friend mentioned she was similarly afflicted. Next my mother came out of the closet. With a bit of digging around I came to a startling realisation: not only am I not alone, but the “photic sneeze reflex” is actually common. Quite how common, no one knows exactly – but anything between 1 in 10 and 1 in 3 of us might be affected. The more I looked, the more mysterious things became. Sunlight is the most widespread, but by no means the only, odd stimulus that sets off sneezing. Thinking about sex, eyebrow tweezing, eating chocolate or a mint, or drinking a glass of wine – all these activities can leave us groping around for handkerchiefs. Members of one Kuwaiti family were even reported to sneeze whenever they had a full stomach – a phenomenon dubbed “snatiation”. Then there was the case of the medical student who sneezed with almost clockwork precision around 8.20 every morning. All these oddities are faithfully recorded in the medical literature,