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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

AHHH CHOOO!


Have you ever experienced sneezing while your eyes remain open?  I would guess not.  This is because the eyelid muscles along with the chest muscles, diaphragm, muscles on your vocal cords, and muscles at the back of your throat are the ones who work together to form the sneeze.  In the early days, sneezing was believed to be a means for the body to drive out evil spirits.  Now however, we know better.  Sneezing is a reflex that expels mucus containing foreign particles and cleansing the nasal cavity.  It is a convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth.  It may also be triggered by a full stomach or a viral infection that can very well lead to the spread of disease.  In addition, it may also be triggered by the sudden exposure to bright light.  About 1 out of every 3 people are called photic sneezers.  This is an inherited trait and these people are more sensitive to light which ultimately triggers their sneeze.  Isn't it irritating when you feel the need to sneeze but then suddenly lose it?  Why not try to face the sunlight next time and maybe that may solve your problem.  It is also a common misconception that the heart stops when we sneeze.  It really doesn't but it just feels like our heart changes beat because pressure is created which may alter the intensity of its beats.  The longest attack of sneezing that has been documented was that of Donna Griffiths from England who sneezed for 977 days from 1981 to 1983.  Now, would you not be grateful for your "occasional" sneeze?

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