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Old 05-05-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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Hi. So this isn't exactly an allergy...but i'd say 8 times out of 10 after I eat chocolate..I sneeze once or twice without any warning. This happens only for chocolate, nothing else...and it happens more for dark chocolate. No other symptoms. I searched up online that it's probably something called photic sneeze reflex..and the cause of it isn't entirely known. I know it sounds like such a minor issues (it is)..but it can be terribly embarrassing when the sneeze comes out of nowhere and I sneeze chocolate all over my arm (looks pretty gross, haha). With normal sneezes, my nose gets tingly and I have some warning...but not with the chocolate ones. They're like BAM out of nowhere. Anyone else have this with any other foods? Just out of curiosity.

Maybe it's a minor allergy who knows...but there is no way I'm ever giving up chocolate. Sneezing is a small price to pay
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Old 05-05-2019, 07:30 PM
 
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Interesting. I have the exact same reaction to Alka-Seltzer Extra Strength Heartburn Relief Chews. I'll chew one of them and sneeze 15-20 times. It happens about 1-2 minutes after chewing them and it happens every single time.

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Old 05-06-2019, 10:57 AM
 
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My dad usually started sneezing shortly after starting to eat a meal. Didn't seem to matter what the food actually was or where. Don't recall that he had any obvious allergies to edibles. When a group was eating with him we all knew the sneezing fit would occur. Never failed. Once the fit passed he'd continue the meal without a problem. Sometimes I wondered if it was a manifestation of social anxiety.
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I have the common sun photic sneeze reflex. Sneezing after eating chocolate, though, seems pretty extraordinary.
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:43 PM
 
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They say it's something to do with having Neanderthal genes, or not having Neanderthal genes. Can't remember which way it goes.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:13 PM
 
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I have the common sun photic sneeze reflex. Sneezing after eating chocolate, though, seems pretty extraordinary.
so when you expose yourself to sunlight you sneeze? interesting. how long after being in the sun? and yes chocolate is extremely random. when i was younger i assumed it was a reaction to sugar..but i eat lots of other things with sugar and don't sneeze so it can't be. it's more intense with dark chocolate than milk chocolate..so maybe it's the actual cocoa itself i have the reflex to.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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so when you expose yourself to sunlight you sneeze? interesting. how long after being in the sun?
It doesn't happen every time, but when it does happen it's right after stepping into bright sunlight, facing the sun.

It is really common. It's a genetic trait that may occur in as much as 35% of the population.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...ght-light-cau/
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