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.

2 Responses Mar 23, 2009

It probably depends on how you define photic sneezing. If it's getting the strong light to bring out a sneeze that's already there, then it is probably quite common, and could well concern about a quarter of the general publication. But if you mean the strong light actually causing a sneeze when there is none there to start, then I think it's pretty uncommon.<br />
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When I was at school, my brother and I were the only ones who would sneeze every time we went out into the sunshine, and of course we were teased mercilessly for it!

I thought I was the only person in the world who had this! I had no idea there was a group for it! I get what you're saying. Helps when you have a sneeze stuck up your nose. I usually let go of a big one whenever I've been inside for a long time and walk outside into strong sunlight. I love it.