A sneeze is a sudden, forceful, involuntary burst of air through the nose and mouth.
Allergen Allergic rhinitis Allergy to mold, dander, dust Allergy and asthma resources Common cold Vasomotor rhinitis
Sneezing is caused by irritation to the mucous membranes of the nose or throat. It can be very bothersome, but is generally not a sign of a serious problem.
- Allergy to pollen, mold, dander, dust (
- Corticosteroid inhalation (from certain nose sprays)
- Nasal irritants such as dust and powders
- Virus infections (common cold, upper respiratory tract infections, the flu)
Review Date: 06/29/2010
Reviewed By: Paula J. Busse, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.