What happens when you sneeze?
The spread of COVID-19 has put everyone on edge every time you hear someone sneeze. But what really happens when you sneeze.
“Sneezing is a reflex,” says Stacey Lynn Brandt, a nurse practitioner at Aurora Health Center in Slinger, WI. “When your nose gets irritated from particles – like pollen, dust, mold or mucous from having a cold, the flu or other respiratory illness – your body automatically reacts to clear your airways.”
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About the Author
Mary Arens, health enews contributor, is a senior content specialist at Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee. She has 20+ years of experience in communications plus a degree in microbiology. Outside of work, Mary makes healthy happen with hiking, yoga, gardening and walks with her dog, Chester.