Sneezing after eating

Southend-On-Sea, England
June 16, 2008 7:45am CST
Does anybody else get massive sneezing fits after eating a large meal? It's something which is happening to me now in middle-age. I've had a health check and there are no problems, and my doctor is very puzzled as he says he's never seen a case of sneezing after eating. Does this happen to you?
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@moffittjc (19882)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Oct
I get sneezing fits whenever I go out into direct sunlight.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
7 Oct
I do that too sometimes lol.
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@moffittjc (19882)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Oct
@CelticSoulSister My daughter goes through the worst sneezing fits every morning it seems like. She doesn't just sneeze one or two times, she'll sneeze like 20 times in a row! But once she gets through her sneezing fit, she'll be fine the rest of the day.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
7 Oct
@moffittjc Same here....I'll sneeze about 20 times on the trot then nothing for ages. It doesn't happen every day or at any particular time although as said, after I've eaten a big meal....not always though, just sometimes. This might sound weird, but when I was a child I lived near a church that used to ring a single bell continuously every Sunday morning for about 2 hours. Both my dad and I would break into sneezing fits while the bell was ringing. As soon as I moved away from the area and away from the church bell, the sneezing stopped. The sneezing after I've eaten is something which has occurred in later life, say for about the past 15 or so years.
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• United States
26 Apr 09
hello, i just got through with a meal and sneezed 8 times in a row !! it happens EVERY i eat a large meal. the kids and wife laugh and say "hes full !!" its very embarasing when eating in public.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
15 May 09
I do this too. Its suppose to be a genetic trait (so I've read) and as someone mentioned its called snatiation. Its suppose to be pretty rare. Hey, maybe we're related.
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• Preston, England
9 Oct
sometimes after eating spicy foods I do, though I sneeze a lot anyway
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
9 Oct
Thinking about it, I sneeze a lot in general too.
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• India
16 Jun 08
i am 22 and i don't have such problems right, but i can tell you one thing i am young but i do believe a lot in yoga stuff it gets you rid of all minor problems with ease(people say that it gets rid of the major problems as well). if you can find some time try that.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
16 Jun 08
Thanks for your reply. I'm quite a lot older than you (mid 50s) and yes I agree that yoga helps out with a lot of problems. Sadly my joints have seized up (arthritis) so I can't get in the positions, but I used to do it many years ago. Have a good day :-)
@chej18 (916)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I sneezing a lot specially in the morning or walking outside becouse i got allergy w/ dust and polen of a flowers, but this is the 1st time i heared about sneezing after eating.Mybe your allergic w/ your food too or mybe drink is too cold, or your eating to spicy i remembered once i eat thai food and its very spicy then after eating i got the same problem as you.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
16 Jun 08
Thanks for your reply. I don't have hay fever, but you could be right about the spicy food as I eat rather a lot of it. I haven't managed to pinpoint it to one particular spice or one particular food, as it seems to happen mostly with whatever I eat. I find that the larger the meal, the more likely I am to sneeze. I hope your hay fever isn't giving you too much trouble at the moment. Have a good day :-)
@just4him (49629)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct
It's happened, just not very often.
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@surekharathi (14144)
• India
16 Sep 12
I have more sneezing problem so my sneezing is start any time, anywhere. I cant say after eating or before eating.
12 Mar 11
I know what you are going through. I started in 1980 when I was 33. For the first 20 years it was only after eating a meal in a restaurant, now it has been happening at home. I don't eat spicy foods and it still happens to me. It's bad when people at a restaurant say "God bless you" and you keep sneezing 4-5 maybe 6 times sometimes more. I laugh about it but it does bug me. If you find anything that can stop it, please let me know. Thanks.
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3 Mar 11
i've found other people with the same thing as me! it's a miracle! i'm always sneezing after i eat a large meal - or even a small meal if i'm not that hungry. whenever i get full i sneeze, and it doesn't matter what food it is. sometimes it's a bit annoying but generally it's a laugh. people don't believe me at first but once they've known me a while they soon see the pattern. it happened tonight and i finally decided to look on the internet for an explanation - snatiation eh? wow, can't wait to tell all my friends i'm not just weird. my dad says his dad used to do it so yes it is hereditary! thanks guys!
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@cream97 (29179)
• United States
5 Oct 10
Hi. CelticSoulSister. I don't at all. The only time that I will sneeze is if my food has a lot of black pepper on it. Or an herb that will make me sneeze a lot. I hope that you can get this cured so that you will not be sneezing as much though.
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• United States
14 Jul 10
I'll be 33 in August & this has being happening to me since I was 15 & maybe earlier but 15 for sure. Every time i eat a large meal i sneeze massively. Every1 know ah she gona start!!!! I just had lunch last week with a friend from high school & when i started sneezing she asked that still happens to you???? What is wrong with us????
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• Canada
30 Dec 09
I've been sneezing after eating a large meal for years. Everytime I go out for dinner, have Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner I sneeze. It has nothing to do with what I eat, it's as soon as I feel full I can sneeze up to 10 times, get all stuffed up and have to blow my nose. It's consistant with eating a lot....not what I eat. It never happens at home during regular meals because I'm a small portion eater. JUST when I'm entertaining or eating out. Hope that helps. I have no idea why. Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
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@ladym33 (11012)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I occasionaly sneeze after a meal or during a meal, but it is not frequent. I have never had several tiny sneezes like some people do, when I sneeze it is loud obnoxious and hearty. I have sneezed more than once only a few times in my life. Maybe you are alergic to something you are eating or there is an herb or something that is bothering your nose.
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@UK_Shree (3605)
20 Oct 09
Well I have never experienced the need to sneeze after eating. Maybe once or twice but definitely not frequently enough for it to be something I have noticed. I do hope you managed to get to the bottom of it as I see this post is now over one year old.
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@kat627 (1)
• Greece
10 Feb 09
Hi there, I came to this discussion because this is happening to my husband. We've been together for 2 years, and all of a sudden he has sneezing fits after any meal -- doesn't matter how much he eats, what he eats, where he eats or the time of day. It happens all the time. He turned 35 a few months ago, he's healthy, regular build and exercises 4 times a week. It's not an allergy, and his doctor cannot find anything wrong after running several tests. In situations where traditional medicine fails to have an answer, I normally consult with an acupuncturist or herbalist, and she has a solution. Unfortunately, we are outside the country right now and can't do this. However, I wonder if it may help you.
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@bbsr13 (4200)
• India
16 Jun 08
Hello,.... Probably you have developed some allergy.the cause may with your foods.you consult some diatician.i am saying this out of my experience.some twenty five years back one of my friend's wife had a complain like this.the professor of medicine had examined her but found nothing wrong with her.but later a retired military doctor advised her to go through changing her normal diet and after two months he detected that it was due to allergy caused by consumption of black gram.she stopped consumption of black gram and was relieved of the problem.thanx.
• Southend-On-Sea, England
16 Jun 08
Thanks for your reply. I'm sort of sifting through the foods, trying to experiment and see if it only happens when I eat one particular type of food....there are some foods I know I'm allergic to, so avoid, but it's possible that I may have developed an allergy to something new. As yet I've not managed to isolate anything, but hopefully in time I will. Thanks for your reply and have a good day :-)
@FayeHazel (1108)
• United States
6 Oct
Oh that's strange - no, I don't get that -- though I do wonder if you have allergies maybe?
@5thHouse (1774)
• Sheffield, England
13 Sep
I've actually been wondering if I have an allergy because when I've cooked a meal rich in tomatoes - like a soup in the slow cooker - I sneeze a lot. I think it must be giving off fumes.