Don’t you just hate it when you need to sneeze but can’t

Having a sneeze stuck somewhere in your head has to be one of the worst feelings.

Me, I’m lucky. I can just look at the sun, or any bright light. And wallah – a sneeze appears. Like magic.

I am blessed with a condition shared by 18-35% of the population – photic sneeze reflex.

I told someone about this once and they didn’t believe me. But there’s a wikipedia article. So it must be true. Here are the facts ensconced in medical lingo to enhance credibility…

“Photic sneeze reflex is a genetic autosomal dominant, which causes sneezing (due to naso-ocular reflex) when exposed suddenly to bright light, possibly many times consecutively. It is also referred to as photic sneeze response, sun sneezing, photogenic sneezing, the photosternutatory reflex, being photo sensitive, allergic to the sun, ACHOO syndrome, and Achooism, named after the sound made when sneezing, along with its related backronym Autosomal dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst syndrome.”

I also can’t burp. People struggle to believe that one too.


Phoebe says:

Wow – I thought *everyone* sneezed when they look at the sun. It's one of the reasons I hate putting washing on the line.
Can't burp? Have you ever been diagnosed with anything? You'd be fun to have at dinner parties – seeing as it all has to come out the other end.. :P

Amy says:

TIm can't burp either. So you're not alone.

Carly says:

I can't burp either! Perhaps we should rally together a gang of well-mannered freaks!

I also thought that most people sneezed when looking at the sun.. quite odd really… (read: didn't bother reading the medical lingo part).

Leah says:

This is hilarious. Andre claims he's allergic to being outside because he often sneezes in bright sunlight. I do a bit, but to a lesser extent.