Triggers such as dust, air pollution, dry air, spicy foods, strong emotions, certain medicines, and powders
Avoiding exposure to the allergen is the best way to control sneezing caused by allergies. An allergen is something that causes an allergic reaction.
Tips to reduce your exposure:
Change furnace filters
Remove pets from the home to get rid of animal dander
Use air filters to reduce pollen in the air
Wash linens in hot water (at least 130°F or 54°C) to kill dust mites
In some cases, you may need to move out of a home with a mold spore problem.
Sneezing that is not due to an allergy will disappear when the illness that is causing it is cured or treated.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if sneezing is affecting your life and home remedies do not work.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your provider will perform a physical exam and look at your nose and throat. You'll be asked about your medical history and symptoms. Questions may include when the sneezing started, whether you have other symptoms, or if you have allergies.
Stuart I. Henochowicz, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.