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Why do I sneeze when I pluck my eyebrows?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The sneezing reflex is often considered more complex than calculus problem. A sneeze-whether it's induced by pepper or allergies-starts with an irritation to your nasal passages, which excites your trigeminal nerve. The sneezing center then sends impulses back along the facial nerve to your nasal passages, mucus glands, blood vessels, and eyelids (which is the reason you close your eyes when you sneeze).

Plucking a hair from your eyebrow stimulates a nearby branch of the nerve that services your nasal passages, and thus can instigate the process that causes you to sneeze.
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