What You Never Knew About Sneezing—Including How to Stop It

    The sneezing reflex can be provoked by all kinds of odd things, from sunlight to exercise to sex, I heard from allergist Neeta Ogden, MD, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


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    It's sneezing season

    With pollen levels likely to be high this year, allergy sufferers prepare for the worst

    "Basically, I'm afraid to go off the pills. They are a part of my life," said Waldman, 59, who received allergy shots as a teen because she is allergic to a mixture of grasses, trees, ragweed, pollen and mold. "It has gotten worse. It's a pain. Both of my parents and my children have allergies."

    Allergy season has already started, said allergist Dr. Neeta Ogden, fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.



    Nothing to sneeze at

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    Nature Medicine 16, 1063–1065 (2010) doi:10.1038/nm1010-1063

    The study of histamine pathways is in the midst of a revival, thanks in part to the discovery of a new type of receptor. “Histamine being involved with asthma makes sense, so I would definitely be interested in learning about new antihistamines for asthma treatment,” says Neeta Ogden, an allergist. But there are still many questions to answer before the H4 antagonist can be used to treat asthma in humans.


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    Pets: Snuffle the Sneezes

    "There really isn't a hypoallergenic pet," says allergist Dr. Neeta Ogden. "Every pet carries allergens in its skin, saliva and urine. It's thought that some dogs may elicit less severe symptoms, likely because they shed less dander."