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How To Make Yourself Sneeze When Nothing Else Is Working

How to make yourself sneeze? 10 ways you can make yourself sneeze

1. Twist a tissue and tickle in your nostril

Roll a side of a tissue into a point. Delicately put the pointed tip into the nostril and wiggle it around a bit. You may feel a tickling feeling. This excites the trigeminal nerve, which transmits a message to your brain that prompts a sneeze.

Caution:Make sure you’re not holding the tissue too far up into your nostril. As you may hurt the delicate tissues in the nostrils.

2. Sniff Spice Powder

This is a sure-shot method to make yourself sneeze, on the second number because of the spice availability around you (what if you want to sneeze in a washroom?) Black pepper and other spices such as cumin, coriander, and crushed red pepper are famous nasal irritants. An element in both black and white pepper is piperine, which aggravates the mucous membranes. Similarly, capsaicin a natural component of hot peppers will cause a sneezing reaction.

Caution:Take care when smelling spices as inhaling too much can lead to a burning sensation in the nostrils.

3. Tickle with a Feather

Many people can be induced to sneeze by just brushing underneath the nose with a fake feather. The outside area of nostrils are super sensitive and hence can stimulate sneeze just by a light fake feather or feather-like object. 

Caution:We do not recommend to use a real feather, nor to insert the feather inside the nose. 

4. Pluck a nose hair with tweezers

Pulling a nostril hair stimulates the trigeminal nerve, and this is what makes you Aacheww immediately. Merely thinking about this may begin to make your nose tingling, as the lining of the nose is such a sensitive area.

Caution:You have to be extra careful with tweezers as they can hurt your nostril lining.

5. Swivel your tongue on the roof of your mouth

Massaging the roof of your mouth with your tongue can trigger the trigeminal nerve that runs along the top of your mouth, which will cause you to sneeze.

Caution:This trigeminal nerve can actually stop a sneeze, too. Hence, you must practice a lot and know when to stop to make yourself sneeze.

6. Breathe in some cold air

The trigeminal nerve is stimulated by cold air felt in the face and surrounding skull area. The wall of the nasal passages is also affected as you breathe in colder air. Feeling cold can irritate the nerve and bring about a sneeze, so turning up the AC or going outside on a cold day may help.

Caution:Do not try this method for a long time as some of us may catch a cold due to the cold air.

7. Drink a carbonated drink

Breathing in the carbon dioxide from carbonated drinks or even drinking them can stimulate sneezing. All you have to do is to grab your choice carbonated soft drink and sniff and drink it as soon as you open it.

Caution:Do not put or let enter the drink in your nostrils purposely. Just sniff the drink as soon as you open it.

8. Sniff flour

The flour particles resemble that of dust. Hence flour is the safest and way to make yourself sneeze who have the previous record of sneezing due to dust. 

Caution:Do not sniff too much of flour as it can block your nostril. Instead, take some flour on your palm and clap in front of your nose. The fine flour particles in the air will male their way inside your nostrils and attain the goal.

9. Humm and squeeze the bridge of your nose

Pressing and squeezing the bridge of your nose while humming can help to excite the reflex to sneeze with the union of vibration of humming and pressure. Use your fingers to stroke the bridge of your nose in a downward motion until you feel a tickling feeling in the back of your nose.

Caution:Be very cautious to lift your hands once the sneeze comes on, you can get air trapped in between your lugs, or pop your eardrums if you press your nose while you sneeze! 

10. Look up towards the sunlight

A study has proven that some people sneeze uncontrollably when quickly flashed to bright light, particularly strong sunlight. This phenomenon of reflex is known as photic sneezing and is also a genetic trait. You may also experience a prickling sensation. 

Caution:Be careful not to look directly at any light source especially towards the sun. You may damage your eyes or get temporary blindness after looking at a bright light for a long period of time.


Edible Stimulants

Rich Chocolate

Eating a bar of chocolate is said to cause sneezing, especially at the beginning. The more the cocoa content in the chocolate, the better. This method works only on a handful of people, and it’s believed that a few cocoa particles which accidentally enter the nose might be responsible for the sneezing effect.

Chewing Gum

Chewing a strong peppermint-based gum is a popular way to bring forth the sneeze reflex, though this has a lot to do with the strong peppermint flavor and odor, rather than the act of chewing in itself. Some people even report getting a sneeze each time they pop a peppermint gum. One can also try candies and mints like Altoids for a good sneeze.

Some people experience a fit of sneezing on drinking carbonated soft drinks, soda, and lemonade, sometimes simply by sniffing the drink. Others have reported similar experiences after the intake of alcohol-based cough syrups.

Via Inhalation

Take some warm water in a cup and dip the tip of your nose in it. Do not inhale completely. Then, stand or sit upright, and throw your head back, to cause a sneeze. Water droplets in the nostrils are regarded by the brain as a foreign body that must be removed, hence, it responds by sneezing.

Sniff Spices

Holding an open container of a strong spice near your nose, or sniffing a folded paper containing the spice for 10 – 15 seconds in a closed room can easily make you sneeze. You can use cumin powder, coriander, pepper, or ginger for this purpose. It is important not to inhale large particles of the spice, especially pepper, as this can cause a burning sensation in your nose, rather than make you sneeze.

The strategy should be to first try this method with pepper, and then move on to ginger if you don’t get any results. You can also buy a pack of sneezing powder from a gift store, though mostly, this is nothing but ordinary pepper mixed with other spices.

Sniffing a strong perfume or even a peppermint-flavored toothpaste can cause sneezing. Take a perfume bottle, spray it away from yourself, and immediately hold the nozzle up to your nose, to make this method work. Do not make actual contact with the nozzle, to keep perfume droplets from entering it. This method reportedly works by a tickle caused due to ‘overloading’ of the senses.

Breathe Cold Air

Inhaling cold air after spending time at a warm place can cause some people to sneeze. This can be done by opening a door or window when the weather outside is cold, or by taking a bath and then going outside. If it’s warm outside, you can even try inhaling cold air from the freezer!

9. Smelling a Strong Scent

Certain strong perfumes or scents can immediately trigger a sneeze. When inhaled, these perfumes have chemicals that irritate the nose, and the body wants to expel them as soon as possible. That can be done in the form of a sneeze. 

But remember, you should not directly inhale the perfume. Just spray it a little around you, and it will ultimately be in the air that you are inhaling. 

13. Breathing:

This one’s one of my favorites.

If you are in a warmer environment, going out in cold air would result in sneezing. Not always though. Similarly, just after taking a bath if you go out, there’s a series of Achoo sounds waiting to come out your voice box.

You may also want to keep this information in mind if you want to avoid sneezing.

11. Chew A Peppermint Gum:

This one has nothing to do with the chewing itself. It is the strong flavor and odor of the peppermint gum that brings the sneeze reflex. This one is reportedly a good way to trick your brain

Can you make yourself sneeze too much?

A study suggested normal person sneezes up to 4 times a day. Whereas an allergic person can sneeze much more than that. But if you are inducing a sneeze you have to keep a check on your body. If you think you are feeling dizzy or having abdominal pain, nose pain or even a nose bleed you have to stop right away even if there are minor symptoms. Do note that you each person gets affected in a different way so as soon as you have a weird or abnormal feeling you have to stop making you sneeze right away.

6. Eating Dark Chocolate

Grabbing a bite of dark chocolate is a great way to induce a sneeze. However, the reason behind this is yet unknown. Maybe the cocoa in the chocolate triggers the nose. 

Questions and answers

1. What can make you sneeze?

There are several factors that can make you sneeze. Weather seems like the most effective factor that causes sneezing. When the outside environment changes, it stimulates your respiratory system so that you can sneeze.

Besides, you can try some methods in how to make yourself sneeze such as looking at the light source, using stimulated or spicy flavor, shaking your nose or stimulating the muscle around your nose. Eating dark chocolate or chewing gum can also make you sneeze.

2. How many times a day do you sneeze?

Normal a person can sneeze once, twice or several times in a row. A day, they can have one, two, three rows depending on the environment they expose.

However, if they sneeze too much, continuously in a row, sneeze many rows a day, it may indicate some diseases like allergic rhinitis. When it gets colder, or sneezing accompanies with a runny nose, it also illustrates various problems for you.

3. Is it bad to close your mouth when you sneeze?

As we know that, sneeze helps us pushing the foreigners in the respiratory tract (bacteria, fungi, etc.). These foreigners irritate and make you sneeze to remove them out.

So, when you sneeze, it is bad to close your mouth because it keeps the foreigners still stay inside your respiratory system.

4. Why do you sneeze a lot when you have a cold?

When you have a cold, it means your upper respiratory tract is invasive by bacteria. It always has some uncomfortable symptoms such as a cough, runny nose particularly sneezing a lot.

Your upper respiratory tract is obstructed by the accumulation of the mucus which considered as a foreigner. Therefore, as an unconditional reflex, your body starts to sneeze to remove this mucus. That why you sneeze a lot when you have a cold.

5. Why does pepper make you sneeze?

It is true that pepper is a heavy taste of cooking as well as a stimulating factor that makes you sneeze. Peppers contain alkaloids of the pyridine group called piperine. Piperine will act as a stimulant when it flew into the nose – irritating nerve endings inside the mucosa. And finally, this stimulation will make you sneeze.

In fact, this is a mechanism to protect yourself from any stimulant you breathe, and the nose will try to push them out by sneezing.

6. Can you keep your eyes open when you sneeze?

Sneezing is a respiratory reflex. So that it does not influence to the other organs in the body out of the respiratory system. It does not matter your eyes open or closed when you sneeze. However, to keep concentration on sneezing, generally, your central nervous system controls the eyes to close when you sneeze.

7. Why does dark chocolate make us sneeze?

Dark chocolate tastes incredible; it also contains Tryptophan, an amino acid that helps to release more Serotonin in the brain, enhancing the feeling of excitement and happiness.

When your brain is stimulated, sneezing is one of the physical ways to express. That explains why do you sneeze after eating dark chocolate.

5. How to get yourself to sneeze with carbonated drinks

Drink fizzy drinks like lemonade, cola, ginger juice when you are trying to sneeze, or you just put the cup of water bubbling into the nose and smell.

This method is not useful with effervescent drinking water because it has long been in the air. The taste and aroma of the drink will make the nose spit and sometimes sneeze.

2. How to Make Yourself Sneeze Repeatedly

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When you feel so tickled in the nose but the sneeze cannot be done, you need to sneeze to relieve yourself. Here is the step by step on how to make yourself sneeze repeatedly. What you need to do on how to make yourself sneeze repeatedly are as follows:

1. First of all, you need a piece of tissue paper. Twist it so it can be used to tickle your nose.

2. Stick the twisted tissue paper into your nose, but please be careful not to poke the inside of the nose too hard.

3. You need to be gentle to trigger the nose to sneeze.

4. Keep tickling your nose until you successfully sneeze.

This method should help you to sneeze repeatedly. Happy trying!


You sneeze to get rid of irritation in your nose. Nerves in your nose when stimulated cause you to sneeze.

So to make yourself sneeze, you should find ways to stimulate the nerves. You may notice that some techniques work better for you than others. This is because each person is different and so is his body. You should be cautious while using certain objects that may cause harm.

If you are allergic to perfumes or other irritants, it is better to opt for other methods mentioned to make yourself sneeze. If you notice blood after sneezing, please consult a physician.