Thursday, March 30, 2006

Do you sneeze when you look at bright lights?


Lots of people think I'm weird for looking towards the sun or at other bright lights when I need to sneeze. I have now found out that it is a known medical condition called Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst Syndrome. Read about it here. It was noticed by Karen that this can be shortened to ACHOO syndrome, and it must be a prank. But no! A search of Google Scholar reveals that it is a documented condition. The reason that I sneeze when looking at the sun is that I have ACHOO syndrome.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Martin said...

Yes I do. When I first go out in the morning, a glance at the sun will usually produce half a dozen sneezes. It runs in families. My father and brother have it too.

With fellow-sufferers we pooled information and set up
http://www.photic-sneezing.fr.st/

Seems that you are a 'top up' photic sneezer - just use the strong light to bring out a sneeze that won't come.

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