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I Have the Photic Sneeze Reflex

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    I Love It!

    I get 'em usually first thing in the morning, when I walk outdoors to work. The moment the front door opens and I'm in the sun I can feel it in my nose. Sometimes I guess I get used to it quickly and I don't sneeze, but usually I do, and I love it! I quite like sneezing! I like...
    LockedShut LockedShut 18-21 1 Response May 22, 2008

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    Me Too!

    I have the Photic Sneeze Reflex. I've always had it and my Dad has it too. When I tell my friends they either find it amusing and weird, or outright disbelief. When I was about 7, I told my classmate. He told the teacher I was fabricating tall tales! The best part, my mom was...
    djolf djolf 22-25 2 Responses Apr 22, 2009

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    Achoo!! Photic Sneeze (I'm NOT Crazy!!)

    My father sneezes when he looks at the sun. When he told my mother this, she thought he was making it up... Until I was born. I sneeze everytime I am exposed to the sun, 3 times to be exact. After the 3rd sneeze it doesn't happen again, unless I look directly at it. If I feel a...
    Danielle411 Danielle411 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 11, 2013

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    Photic Sneeze Reflex Its Cool

    me and my five year old sun are the only people that we  know who have photic sneeze reflex, we think its cool cause his sister and dad cant sneeze with the sun or bright lights and we can.
    acjle acjle 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2010

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    Waaachooo!

    I thought this was just me! I can't even look at a white shop window display in the sun without sneezing.  As for reading in the garden in summer... My husband thinks this is hilarious.
    DeathwithTea DeathwithTea 31-35, F Sep 2, 2008

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    Allergies...

    I am allergic to the Fake light of the world, I can see perfectly in the dark amongst their ignorance, Sometimes I am allergic to my own fake light I shine, Best to keep it real and acknowledge my darkness for what it is. I don't like being a hypocrite, pretending to be all...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Dec 4, 2011

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    Sternutation

    (don't quote me) Sneezing's official name is sternutation.
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M Jul 30, 2013

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    3 Times

    When coming from low light or darkness into sunlight, I always sneeze 3 times. I never understood why, until I came across this Experience Group. Now I know it is a link between 2 nerves and that it is genetically transmitted. I too have taken...
    Limut Limut 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 10, 2009

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    Yep

    Bright lights, usually the sun, make me sneeze like no ones business. no idea why, but apparently it happens to quite a few people. i like it. but thats because i like the feeling of sneezing. im odd like that.
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28, 2008

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    People Think I Do It For Attention!

    For years I thought I was just strange - now there is a name for it! Not just me either - my dad and my daughter both have it too! So it must be genetic. I would love to just sneeze 5 or 6 times but the norm is about 11 and the worst was 15...then I lost count! On holiday...
    Fee1 Fee1 41-45 3 Responses Jul 30, 2009

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    I Have The Photic Sneeze Reflex

    Im a girl from Philippines and I just turned 15. when we do our flag ceremony, everytime i look at the sun i sneeze and my friends laugh at me. I feel special in a good way cause i think i got a unique way of having a sneeze. haha i know its kinda weird. I thought i was the only...
    josieaxinto13 josieaxinto13 16-17, F May 16, 2013

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    Long Time Sneezer, First Time Poster

    I come from a family of sneezers. We actually used the phrase "The Sun tickled my nose" when I was a kid. I thought everybody did it. Then I went to college and the first time I sneezed when walking outside and said "The Sun tickled my nose" everyone looked at me like I had...
    astrogirlpa astrogirlpa 41-45 3 Responses Oct 5, 2010

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    Superpower

    I've always had this reflex but never thought about it much as I don't think it was very strong until after having laser surgery on my retinas for diabetic retinapathy. The surgery saved my sight except for minor loss of peripheral vision and having to sneeze...
    letjoysize letjoysize 41-45, M 1 Response May 29, 2008

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    Photic Sneeze And Ad(h)d

    Does anyone have both? I have a feeling there is a connection, since they are both related in some way to the trigeminal nerve...
    reddit30d reddit30d 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 16, 2012

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    I Thought This Was Just Me.

    It doesn't happen everytime, but walking from inside, out into the sunlight will cause me to snease once or twice, sudden - violent sneezes.  If more than three sneezes, I have to go back in and change.
    Rachael74 Rachael74 56-60, F 1 Response May 5, 2010

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    When stepping into bright light (for me the

    sun) 1/3 of the population starts sneezing uncontrollably. I've been studying, and the most logical explanation for this is: When you step into the light, your brain sends messages to your iris to contract, in cases with P.S.R the iris sends the message to the wrong part of the...
    hockeybabe1 hockeybabe1 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I Never Knew There Was a Name For It

    I'm amazed.  I never knew that there was a term for sneezing at the drop of a hat. My mother was always sneezing.  My father was also very sensitive to smells. All it takes is one whiff of perfume or to walk outside on a sunny day and my nose goes wild.  I...
    Egoberd Egoberd 31-35, F Aug 29, 2009

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    Do I Have Photic Sneezing?plz Comment :)

    sometimes,when i go outside and look at the sky,near sun,or the sun,i sneeze 1 or 2 times...i read all about photic sneezing because i think its interesting that only 18-35 ppl have it...What do u think...?..i asked mz familz n friends if thez sneeye like me but thez dont...:)
    jasminanikic86 jasminanikic86 16-17 2 Responses Aug 31, 2011

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    Solar Sneezer

    when i feel a sneeze coming on i always look into a light & it makes it sneeze out faster.  i thought most people were able to do that.  but my boyfriend saw me staring at the light making a funny face yesterday & had no clue why it would make me sneeze.  i...
    samjam samjam 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    I Used to Think It Was Really Weird...

    I never knew anyone who also did this. I always noticed that when I looked at the sun, I sneezed (sometimes repeatedly), but I always thought it was really weird! It has come to a point when I don't need to look at the sun - if I just look at the sky when it's sunny or the sun is...
    RazorToRosary RazorToRosary 16-17, F Jun 1, 2008

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    High School Journalist

    hi everybody my name is cody berry. i dont actually have this condition but i was wondering if i could get some help with my research. i have been searching the web for a few days now and have found some info but even more questions. i was told this condition is actually an...
    codycb94 codycb94 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 24, 2011

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    Leaving Church

    I remember back when I used to go to church, at the end of the sermon the whole family would start sneezing as soon as we got outside.  All except my mother.  Awesome feeling!For me it's never just a single sneeze.  There's one big violent one, followed by 2 or 3 aftershocks.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 10, 2011

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    Demonstrating the Photic Sneeze Reflex

    One fellow photic sneezer has posted a demonstration of how it works on Youtube.  You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiu8Eu6RRvo   Who else can do this ?   I can about 80% of the time, better if the sun is really bright.
    MartinHaegenheim MartinHaegenheim 36-40 Aug 29, 2009

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    My Husband Didn't Know What I Was Talking About

     I thought everyone did this.  I mentioned it to my husband and he looked at me like I was crazy.  He had no idea what I was talking about.  I almost always sneeze when I leave a store and go out into a bright parking lot.  
    Sherlock1 Sherlock1 36-40, F Nov 12, 2009

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    Interesting...

    I have always had this reflex, but had no idea that it was pretty rare until today.  I just assumed that it happened to everyone. I don't mind it, especially during those times when I have a sneeze stuck in my nose.  I just look into a light and it helps me to sneeze.
    DanaPAH DanaPAH 26-30 2 Responses Mar 23, 2009

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    Am I A Freak Of Nature?

    My husband says that I am a medical mystery!!!. The most I have sneezed is 15 times in a row at one time, but a total of 30 for one day. I have been tested and have no allergeries. What the heck is going on? It's really annoying.. I see that it may be a heredited thing or a nerve...
    Momba Momba 56-60, F Sep 5, 2010

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    I'm Glad I'm Not The Only One!

    Whenever I feel a sneeze coming on, I look at the sun or a light in the room and my sneeze comes right out. I've never really thought about it much but I actually enjoy these sneezes. :) It makes me feel good to know that this is kind of a rare thing!
    Cabdawg12 Cabdawg12 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 22, 2012

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    Sun Sneeze.

    every time i walk into the sunlight, i sneeze two or three times, it realy gets annoying.
    warriorcat1313 warriorcat1313 16-17, M Jul 8, 2012

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    I Always Thought This Was Normal

    Learning that this was a 'rare' reflex was strange for me, I had always thought bright lights made everyone sneeze. It must be an inherited thing, because one of my sisters also sneezes when looking into the light. It doesn't affect me strongly - I rarely sneeze...
    adso267 adso267 26-30 1 Response Jun 25, 2009

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    I Never Knew Why

    But I saw it on a show once!
    reediejr reediejr 22-25, F May 1, 2008

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    I Thought Most People Had This

    Or at least half. But only a few months ago I found it affects as little as 13% of the population. It makes me feel special in a weird way :) In my family, only my mother doesn't have this reflex, so I guess I owe my father for the honour. Hehe.
    Emptysoul30 Emptysoul30 22-25, M 11 Responses Aug 29, 2009

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    Okay so I've always had this thing

    where light makes me sneeze. If I've been inside all day long, say at work or home, and then I leave the house, the moment the sunlight hits my eyes, BAM! A double sneeze. Or if I have to sneeze but it won't quite come, all I have to do is look directly at a bright light, such...
    HVVENEZIA HVVENEZIA 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    CosplayPotato CosplayPotato 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    Finally Some Recognition :-)

    My problem isn't that I have the Photic Sneeze Reflex. It's that I tried to tell someone (lets call him Jim) that this was happening to me. He just won't believe me. We'd be on a poorly lit indoor job and I'm up on a scaffold or lift. Bright halogen lights are shinning upward. He...
    SlamminSammyT SlamminSammyT 46-50 1 Response May 15, 2009

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    People With Photic Sneeze Reflex, Do You Get This Too?

    Since there's a theory that PSR is caused by a crossing/confusion of nerve signals, I've been thinking maybe this 'condition' could be related...do you get a tingling or aching sensation in your teeth when you REALLY need to pee and you've been holding it for a while? And then it...
    HopelessRetard HopelessRetard 18-21, F Oct 27, 2011

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    I Noticed Some Time When My Breath Change. I Started To Sneezeys

    When I started to get stress i snezzys and then when the air changes and some thing come in . Then i have snezzy alot some time to.
    bronica bronica 51-55, F Jul 7, 2012

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    My Sister And I

    We both do it everytime we step into bright lights. Most people think we are crazy when we tell them this happens, and I thought it to be odd also but funny. And now I know it's a nervous type of reaction. Personally I feel like its an awesome trait especially since both my...
    Bman0416 Bman0416 26-30, M Mar 11, 2013

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    No Idea This Existed.

    I had no idea there was such a thing as this. It happens to me in the car, I assume it's the glare and all. I assumed it was dust mites or something in the vents that I'm alledgedly allergic to, but never certainly have no impact when the AC/heat is off and the windows are open...
    aj1234 aj1234 36-40 Jul 20, 2010

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    Last Year

    I actually first found out this condition had a name last year when i was trying to describe it to one of my coworkers and ask if he had it. He said it was called the Photic Sneeze Reflex and i was wowed it had a name. I know my dad has it too but i thought it was some sort of...
    taurusbishop taurusbishop 26-30, M May 6, 2012

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    Yea I Do

    And it's awesome. Seriously. It's basically this: Whenever I look at something bright and my pupils rapidly contract, I sneeze. Twice. Sometimes Three. I never have to worry about loosing a sneeze right before it happens. I used to be a consistent two sneeze kind of guy, but...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 12, 2008

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    I Love Sneezing

    I think being a photic sneezer is fantastic! Now I guess not many other people out there would still think I'm sane after saying that but I'm sure some of you guys on here must agree with me? I just love to sneeze, the great British weather is not the best, but when it's sunny...
    mikebaileyuk mikebaileyuk 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 13, 2010

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    Sneezing My Whole Life

    I am 38 years old.  For as long as I can remember, I sneezed 2 or 3 times whenever I went into the sunlight, and sometimes into a brightly lit room.  Even in 7th grade, my friends used to comment how my sneezes were like clockwork as we left the cafeteria and headed out...
    fribster fribster 36-40 3 Responses May 19, 2009

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    Having The Photic Sneeze Reflex Made Me Feel Annoyed, But Also Awesome

    When I got sneezing because of sunlight, I think that's a normal and everyone also has that experience. But when I talking with my friend, he said that I have photic sneeze reflex and not all people around this world have this syndrome. Although sometimes I get annoyed, but I...
    naliez naliez 22-25, F Oct 10, 2012

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    "light" Sneezes

    I have a sensitivity to light in the sense that if I need to sneeze, looking at a bright light ensures that I will. I heard that it is from an optic nerve closer than usual to an olfactory area. Makes sense to me.
    melfina melfina 22-25 1 Response Nov 29, 2011

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