Larissa Stouffer of Melrose, Mass., usually sneezes not once, not twice, but
three times. She sneezes as she gets into a car if it's sunny outside, but not
when it's cloudy; her dad does the same thing. And as soon as she pops some
mint chewing gum into her mouth, out comes an achoo.
Stouffer, 30, isn't the only one with a fickle nose. Many people sneeze at
peculiar moments -- such as after exercise, plucking their eyebrows, in the
sunshine, or after sex.
Here are the reasons why they sneeze...
Although much of Arizona and New Mexico is arid, most people in the cities,
suburbs, and small towns grow grass for lawns. Plus, the land has been
disturbed by construction and landscaping, so weeds are widespread. Las Vegas,
Tucson, and Phoenix have very high rates of allergies and asthma. Indoor
allergens, such as mites, molds, and cockroaches, are also common in desert
homes, especially when swamp coolers are used instead of air conditioning.
People get allergies because they’ve become sensitized to a different set of
allergens, and the allergens to which you will be exposed vary considerably
from one location to another. If you are considering a move to another
community, talk with the locals about their allergies, or leave a question on
the WebMD Asthma and Allergies message board asking about the new location.
Try to take a vacation to the area. Remember, some people with
allergies do better in a new community for a year or two but then become
sensitized to the allergens in their new home.