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5 Potential Frequent Sneezing Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Common Cold

    The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

    The common cold resolves within 7 to 10 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, congestion
    Symptoms that never occur with common cold:
    being severely ill, severe muscle aches, rash, severe headache, sinus pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.New - Onset Seasonal Allergies

    Allergic rhinitis, is an overreaction by the immune system to allergens in the air. While pollen often causes allergies, other culprits include dust, animal dander, and mold.

    Allergies are often seasonal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, congestion, cough with dry or watery sputum, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, fatigue
    Symptoms that never occur with new-onset seasonal allergies:
    fever, yellow-green runny nose, chills, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Non - Allergic Rhinitis

    Nonallergic rhinitis is a medical condition which involves chronic (persistent) sneezing and having a runny, congested nose without any apparent cause. While the symptoms of nonallergic rhinitis are similar to those of allergic rhinitis (hay fever), there is no allergic reaction. Nonallergic rhinitis can be triggered by certain odors, weather changes, medications, or foods.

    Long-term condition but may go away without treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    congestion, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, runny nose, frequent sneezing, eye itch
    Symptoms that never occur with non-allergic rhinitis:
    fever, sinus pain, facial fullness or pressure
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Chronic Allergies

    Allergies are an overreaction by the immune system to something that does not bother most other people. Many people who have allergies are sensitive to pollen, but other things such as dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, and mold can also cause a reaction.

    Seasonal

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, trouble sleeping, runny nose, congestion
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic allergies:
    fever, yellow-green runny nose, chills, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Foreign Body in the Nose

    When an object becomes stuck in the nose, it can cause severe discomfort, but rarely results in dangerous complications.

    A physician will remove the object.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    frequent sneezing, nose pain, bloody nose, object stuck in the nose, nose redness
    Symptoms that always occur with foreign body in the nose:
    object stuck in the nose
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Frequent Sneezing

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Frequent Sneezing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced frequent sneezing have also experienced:

    • 10% Congestion
    • 10% Runny Nose
    • 8% Cough
  • People who have experienced frequent sneezing were most often matched with:

    • 61% Common Cold
    • 15% New - Onset Seasonal Allergies
    • 7% Non - Allergic Rhinitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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