I sneeze so often that I’m beginning to think that I have a problem. Also, my ear and throat itch right after I sneeze. I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. What could be the problem? Stewart
At times, the partition between the two nostrils is slightly deviated (DNS), causing recurrent cold. Polyps are benign tumours, which if present in the nose, can lead to recurrent sneezing or other symptoms of cold. It can also be due to other tumours inside the nose. Use of alcohol, use of certain medications like beta blockers used for hypertension, pain killers like aspirin, ibuprofen, medicine used to treat Alzheimer’s, can cause sneezing as adverse effect.
Prevention lies in avoiding potential allergy causing substances. Steam inhalation is beneficial in providing symptomatic relief. Corticoid nasal sprays are available, inhalation of which helps in avoiding or minimising sneezing.
Dr Rachna Pande is a specialist in internal medicine at Ruhengeri Hospital