Monday, January 19
For Kimberly Burkhart
Kimberly, I was reading something this morning and came across a fact you might want to know.
Photic Sneeze Reflex is a trait characterized by involuntary sneezing after an individual is exposed to bright light after adapting to the dark. This trait is believed to be inherited, but identification of the specific genes involved has not been made yet. Photic sneeze reflex occurs in about 10 percent of people.
The photic sneeze reflex (also known as photoptarmosis, colloquially known as "sun sneezing") is a condition of uncontrollable sneezing in response to numerous stimuli, such as looking at bright lights or periocular (surrounding the eyeball) injection. The condition affects 18–35% of the population, but its exact mechanism of action is not well understood.
So now, we know the term. This is what you have. The book I read it in says this is inherited.
Let's try not to lay blame on anybody here. It could be lots of people you got this trait from. So, when we come out of Kohl's, and you sneeze, now we know why. When I come out of Kohl's I sneeze, too. But not for the same reason as you.