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How To Get Rid Of Sneezing?

Sneezing all the day and night could really be an irritating thing for each one of us. However, sneezing is considered to be a reaction to various irritants and a natural way for the nose for getting rid of germs. There are several particles which can actually irritate your nose and result in sneezing. Some of irritants might be dust, virus or bacteria, pollen or dander. All these irritants might trigger a sneeze, that probably will not liked by you. It must be mentioned that sneezing is actually a partially controllable reaction to various irritants and thus it can be stopped or even delay a sneeze. There are medications to stop sneezing however; we can also control sneezing through various other ways. So read on to know how to get rid of sneezing.

How To Get Rid Of Sneezing?

How To Get Rid Of Sneezing?

Some ways are:

Know Your Triggers:

One of the most important things that you need to know so as to get rid of sneezing is to know and identify your triggers. We already know that there are a lot of irritants like dust, pollen, dander, molds, perfumes, viruses, and bacteria which might be causing the sneezing in people. Bright lights might also cause sneezing in some people. You need to properly know what exactly triggers your sneezing and try to avoid those triggers so as to get rid of sneezing.

Treat Allergies:

There are people who have allergies and they usually sneeze in bursts of 2-3 sneezes. You need to keep a note on when and where you actually sneeze the most. This must be mentioned that seasonal allergies are very much common and allergies which are associated with a particular place, such as class room or your office, could be from irritants such as pet dander and mold.

So, you need to treat your allergies and avoid the allergens. A daily OTC anti allergy pill or an intranasal spray might be used to control the symptoms associated with sneezing. Cetirizine, and fexofenadine are most common OTC antihistamine medications that can be used to get rid of sneezing.

Apart from this, Glucocorticosteroid intranasal sprays are also readily available OTC which can be used for controlling sneezing.

NOTE: Though these OTC medications might help many people to control their sneezing, in many others prescription medicines might be essential because of the severity in their symptoms.

Treat The Condition Of Photic-sneezing ( If You Have It)

Some people suffer from photic sneezing. This is the condition where sneezing occurs when looked at a bright light. About one third of people all over the world suffer from photic sneezing, and they start sneezing when the go out on a bright day.(1)

Normally, people having photic sneezing have a family history of the diseased condition. One can prevent sneezing by not directly looking at bright lights and by wearing sunglasses on bright sunny days.

Do Not Take Large Meals:

Some individuals start sneezing soon after a heavy or a large meal, especially when they start feeling full. This is the reaction that can actually be preventing by eating only small meals or taking smaller bites. However, this phenomenon is not properly understood till now.

Tickle The Roof Of Your Mouth:

You can stifle your sneeze by just stimulating the roof of your mouth with the help of your tongue. You can help yourself prevent sneezing by doing this several times when you feel like sneezing.

Say Something Funny Or Weird:

There is something funny about this way to get rid of sneezing, but yes some people claim that this can actually stop the sneeze from occurring. You just need to say something weird of funny. This is purely anecdotal. The exact through behind this is that the action of verbalizing anything unusual or interesting actually distracts your brain so as to prevent the sneezing to happen. However, it must also be mentioned that there is no research that would back these claims.

Use At-Home Nasal Sprays:

Still thinking about how to get rid of sneezing? Well! You can also use a nasal spray for clearing the sinuses that might actually prevent a trigger from causing you to sneeze. However, you might or might not use a prescription OTC nasal spray; as there are some nasal solutions that can be easily prepared at home.

A nasal spray involves the use of capsaicin. This Capsaicin is present in chilly pepper and when it is used in a nasal spray, it can desensitize your nasal tissue, which might help you reduce the frequency of sneezing that occur in you. It will even trigger a series of sneezes.

NOTE: We would always recommend you to consult with your doctor before trying this remedy at home.

Blow Your Nose To Get Rid Of Sneezing:

Blowing your nose when you are about to sneeze; can help you clear any irritant that might be triggering the sneeze in you. This method is quite effective.

Get Rid Of Sneezing By Pinching Your Nose:

You can also get rid of sneezing by simply pinching your nose. You can either pinch the nose by shutting your nostrils or by pinching higher up on your nose, quite closer to your eyes.

Increase Your Intake Of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is an antihistamine and it is thought to enhance your immune system. Many citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and some vegetables contain vitamin c. The antihistamines help in preventing allergies and bacteria causing cold or sneezing. So, simply by increasing the intake of vitamin-c rich foods in your diet, you might see a reduction in your sneezing quite significantly over time.

Get Rid Of Sneezing With Water:

Water is known to hydrate you and also prevent the sneezing that is generally triggered by dried nasal passages. You need to drink one glass of lukewarm water and this would help you flush out the toxins, cleanse your body and provide you relief. You can also wash your face with clean water when sneezing and see if it works for you in getting rid of sneezing.

Use Fennel Seeds To Get Rid Of Sneezing:

Fennels seeds are also a means of getting rid of sneezing. Sneezing that are triggered by an infection of the upper respiratory tract, can be avoided by using fennel seeds. You can use a handful of these seeds along with ginger for stopping the sneezing. You can also prepare a string brew by simply simmering 2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds in water, then strain, add sweetener like honey, and sip it for getting instant relief from sneezing.

Drink Chamomile Tea:

Just like vitamin C, chamomile is also known to have antihistamine effects. Drinking a cup of the tea regularly can help you reduce the total amount of histamine present in your body.(2) and thus help you in getting rid of sneezing.

Get Rid Of Sneezing With Eucalyptus Oil:

You can also get rid of sneezing with the use of eucalyptus oil. This oil is useful where the sneezing is triggered by a congested nose or by an allergy because of dust.

Simply add a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a clean cloth or a handkerchief and sniff it so as to clear your nasal passage while easing out the sneezing. This is considered to be one of the best home remedies to treat sneezing and cold.

Using Fenugreek Seeds:

Fenugreek seeds can also help you get rid of sneezing. These tiny seeds have got innate anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic, and antibacterial properties in them and thus help you tide through the irritating spells which are triggered by sinusitis.

You can prepare fenugreek tea by infusing 1 teaspoon of roasted these seeds in water. Just simmer for at least 10 minutes, strain and then drink the tea for getting rid of swollen sinuses and treat your sneezing. You can even add a little of honey to the tea.

Use Amla To Get Rid Of Sneezing:

Do you want to know more about how to get rid of sneezing? Let us tell you that using amla can also be beneficial in it. Amla is a well known source of antioxidants and it has also got anti-bacterial properties in it, which in turn helps in building the immunity.

You can simply take raw amla or can take the fresh Amla juice. You can instantly improve the condition of sneezing by taking amla twice or thrice in a day.

Use Black Cardamom To Get Rid Of Sneezing:

Black cardamom is known to have a lot of health benefits. Using black cardamom can also help you get rid of sneezing. Its oil is very much effective because it helps in normalizing the flow of mucous through your respiratory tract.

You simply need to massage the oil or can chew the black cardamom 2-3 times in a day so as to get rid of cardamom.

Tulsi Can Be Used To Get Rid Of Sneezing:

Tulsi is a sacred plant of India and is also known for its incredible health benefits. The leaves of tulsi have got some powerful antibacterial properties that can actually fight against the harmful infections.

To get rid of sneezing with the help of tulsi you need to boil one cup of water with about 3-4 tulsi leaves and consume this mixture regularly before going to bed for about 3 days and see the improvements in your condition.

Ginger Can Get Rid Of Sneezing:

Ginger has lots of antiseptic properties and thus acts as a decongestant known to help treating cold and sneezing.

Simply cut a ginger and mix it well with 2 tbs of honey and then add it to boiling hot water and sip it daily before bed to get instant relief.(3)

Get Rid Of Sneezing With Sitopaladi Churna:

You can also get rid of sneezing by using sitopaladi churna. This is actually an Ayurvedic medicine which is known for its tremendous antihistamine property. Sitopaladi churna can cure congestion and it is also believed respiratory ailments.

Mix half teaspoon of this Sitopaladi churna powder in a single teaspoon of honey and take it twice or thrice in a day so as to notice the improvements in your condition.

Use Petroleum Jelly:

One more way to get rid of sneezing is using petroleum jelly. This is known to be an effective remedy for adults as well as for kids. You need to apply a little of the petroleum jelly using your clean hands inside your nasal passages. Doing this; helps you to moisturize the dried nasal passage and thus prevent sneezing.

Take Away:

So, from this article we came to know about some of the ways to get rid of sneezing. Though it is not always possible to treat sneezing by using these means, yet some of them might be beneficial for some people at times. So, if you are one of those who is suffering from sneezing then you can try out these remedies to get rid of your condition.

However, we must inform you strictly that in case there is severe sneezing or if you are sneezing for quite a few days even after trying the remedies, you should consult with your doctor and take the prescribed treatments


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:December 16, 2019

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