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Acacia
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23 Dec 2008, 8:43 am

I've always done this. I thought everyone did. It's only been a few years since I learned about it properly. Called "Photic Sneeze Reflex", it is a genetic trait where overstimulation of the optic nerve triggers a response out of another nerve in the brain and causes you to sneeze.
Basically: wires are crossed.
It apparently affects about 25% of people.
Read more about it here if you want::: *ACHOO*

I'm curious to know how many people with ASD's also share this trait.
For example, my dad sneezes at the sun. So do I.
My dad has many of the characteristics of AS. So do I.
Correlation? or just genetic coincidence?

Thanks for your responses 8)


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23 Dec 2008, 9:06 am

Me too! Not just the sun, a light bulb will do.

Like you, I thought everyone did. I must have been in my 20's when I found out that it wasn't everyone. Surely at a 25% rate, it's unlikely to have an AS correlation, but you never know.


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23 Dec 2008, 9:10 am

I do, and so does my mom! Go figure.



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23 Dec 2008, 9:21 am

yes, I do! I thought I was the only one :P


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23 Dec 2008, 9:24 am

that's the craziest thing i've ever heard! i half suspect you people of making it up.



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23 Dec 2008, 9:29 am

^^LOL I admit I don't have such reaction to light bulbs (that is weird), but sun exposure makes me totally sneezy


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23 Dec 2008, 9:33 am

ducasse wrote:
that's the craziest thing i've ever heard! i half suspect you people of making it up.

Read the link! Look it up! :)

Bright lights do it to me as well. But It all depends on acclimation. If I've been in a dark room and then emerge quickly into brightness, I sneeze. If I do it gradually, it doesn't happen as much.


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23 Dec 2008, 9:42 am

Yes, I've always sneezed at the sun. I actually thought everyone did it, to be honest. But I do doubt there's a connection between it and AS.



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23 Dec 2008, 9:44 am

Yeah, I do, and thought everyone did. To me it's just as natural as shielding the eyes from the sun. Believe me, everybody who think this is a joke, it's serious. It would newer come to my mind to ask that question. But it's a good one.


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23 Dec 2008, 9:45 am

happens to me with light of any kind, although its more usual that its the sun that triggers it.


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23 Dec 2008, 9:47 am

Me too. There's few things more satisfying than a good sneeze.


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23 Dec 2008, 9:54 am

irishaspie wrote:
happens to me with light of any kind, although its more usual that its the sun that triggers it.


He,he.. Right! An old buddy of mine said after a good sneeze;"Ah.. sneezing is one of the things that makes the life worth living"


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23 Dec 2008, 9:57 am

^ There's nothing quite like a big sneeze. I don't trust people who repress their sneezes.



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23 Dec 2008, 9:57 am

raggle-taggle-gypsy wrote:
Me too. There's few things more satisfying than a good sneeze.


Sorry, I quoted wrong person in the post above. Totally agree!


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23 Dec 2008, 10:14 am

mosez wrote:
raggle-taggle-gypsy wrote:
Me too. There's few things more satisfying than a good sneeze.


Sorry, I quoted wrong person in the post above. Totally agree!


We're both Irish, easily mixed up by the untrained eye


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