Do you sneeze when walking into or looking at bright light?

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#1 Posted by Jd1680a (5917 posts) -

The term is called Photic sneeze reflex or sun sneezing. Its a uncontrollable sneeze response when looking at or walking into bright light. The condition effects 18-35% of people.

I know I sneeze when walking into or looking at bright light. If I am in the shade and walk into sun light I would sneeze within ten seconds almost each time. Looking at is not really directly looking at the sun, but looking up toward the sun for longer then 15-20 seconds would cause me to sneeze.

#2 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14361 posts) -

I've never had that happen before. This is a legit thing?

#3 Posted by Makhaidos (1613 posts) -

Nope. I sneeze when shit tickles my nose.

#4 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@hallenbeck77 said:

I've never had that happen before. This is a legit thing?

Yeah, it's mother natures way of telling you to stop staring at the sun. It also happens if you live in a place like Florida where the sand reflects the sun's light similar to a mirror.

#5 Edited by Hallenbeck77 (14361 posts) -

Nope. I sneeze when shit tickles my nose.

That just sounds wrong on so many levels...

#6 Edited by Makhaidos (1613 posts) -

@Makhaidos said:

Nope. I sneeze when shit tickles my nose.

That just sounds wrong on so many levels...

And yet, so right.

#7 Posted by GazaAli (22492 posts) -

I've never had that happen before. This is a legit thing?

18-35% of people.

And I thought that it pretty much affected everyone!
I sneeze really violently if I look at the sun or a bright light. A sneeze like no other.

#8 Posted by Jd1680a (5917 posts) -
#9 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@GazaAli said:
@hallenbeck77 said:

I've never had that happen before. This is a legit thing?

18-35% of people.

And I thought that it pretty much affected everyone!

I sneeze really violently if I look at the sun or a bright light. A sneeze like no other.

It should affect everyone - it's almost physically impossible to completely stare at the sun.

This study says about 1/3 of the peeps do it, though it's just one study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8108024?dopt=Abstract

inb4 news @ 11 Gamespot memeber stares at sun for 8 hours.

#10 Edited by Hallenbeck77 (14361 posts) -

@GazaAli said:
@hallenbeck77 said:

I've never had that happen before. This is a legit thing?

18-35% of people.

And I thought that it pretty much affected everyone!

I sneeze really violently if I look at the sun or a bright light. A sneeze like no other.

My eyes are a bit sensitive to bright light; if I look up in the sky on a clear day for more than a few seconds without sunglasses or some sort of shading, I get a headache. I guess I've never looked long enough for the sneezing to kick in.

#11 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16744 posts) -

I made a thread on this same subject about a month ago. Yes I have this and sneeze from bright light. If I feel the need to sneeze, I look at light to make sure I do.

#12 Edited by danjammer69 (4105 posts) -
#13 Posted by junglist101 (5457 posts) -

Sneezing is for pussies.

#14 Posted by Iszdope (9566 posts) -

You're so good looking.

#15 Posted by pie-junior (2821 posts) -

@GazaAli said:
@hallenbeck77 said:

I've never had that happen before. This is a legit thing?

18-35% of people.

And I thought that it pretty much affected everyone!

Same.

though I only ever sneezed as a result of sun gazing or, more commonly, as a result of sudden exposure to the sun; not just any bright light.

#16 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58070 posts) -

My skin burns when I do that.

#17 Posted by Celldrax (14551 posts) -

Yeah, I often look up towards a light (not directly at) to force a sneeze stuck halfway.

#18 Posted by sukraj (21902 posts) -

No

#19 Posted by thegerg (14684 posts) -

sometimes

#20 Edited by wis3boi (31012 posts) -

I don't but I know it's a legit 'problem'

#21 Posted by foxhound_fox (87373 posts) -

Sunlight, twice.

#22 Posted by PiscesChick93 (10687 posts) -

@Celldrax said:

Yeah, I often look up towards a light (not directly at) to force a sneeze stuck halfway.

Yeah same here.

#23 Posted by solidruss (23681 posts) -

@Celldrax said:

Yeah, I often look up towards a light (not directly at) to force a sneeze stuck halfway.

Yeah same here.

Yup, works almost every time for me too.

#24 Posted by killerfist (19807 posts) -
#25 Posted by themajormayor (25677 posts) -

I thought everyone had that.

tbh it's a great thing. Cause when you're at that point that you feel like sneezing but it just won't come you can just look into the sun or a light and problem solvedd

#26 Edited by themajormayor (25677 posts) -
#27 Posted by Cynical_Buzzard (224 posts) -

I have never had that happen to me before.