Why do I start sneezing when I step into sunlight?

You must have a ‘’photic sneeze reflex,’’ a condition that causes you to sneeze uncontrollably when suddenly exposed to bright light. About one in five people have it, although scientists aren’t sure why.

Researchers suspect that two important reflexes may play a key role in sun sneezing. The first is the pupillary light reflex. In this reflex, bright light entering the eyes sends signals along the optic nerve to the brain, which sends signals back to the eyes to constrict the pupils—a means of adjusting to differently lit environments. The second is the sneeze reflex, in which a cranial nerve called the trigeminal nerve detects a tickling in the nose and alerts the brain, which in turn stimulates the chest, nose, mouth and other muscles involved in sneezing.


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