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What is a Sneeze?

Everyone sneezes. Babies do it. Giraffes do it. You do it. (Kind of sounds like a song!) So let’s take a minute or two and learn about this thing called sneezing.  Most of the air we breathe comes through our nose. There is a lot of gunk in the air.

The nose has several tools to deal with pollutants that are coming into our system.  The nose is lined with thousands of tiny hairs called cilia. These small hairs never stop moving. The job of the cilia is to send some of the pollutants into the  stomach. The stomach has acids that helps to get the pollutants out of our bodies.

Sometimes the cilia trigger a sneeze to force the problem pollutant out of the nose. It is a powerful force of air, sometimes up to 100 miles per hour to send mucous, saliva and germs as far as 30 feet!

Mucous is another important tool. It move pollutants and keeps the nose moist. The body produces around 4 cups of mucous a day.

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