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Once a week, I have one day where I am constantly sneezing and congested. The sneezing seems to get worse when moving around. There isn’t a clear cause. Taking allergy medicine to manage the symptoms has no effect. Why is this happening?

Anything that irritates or aggravates the nose can cause intermittent and repeated sneezing and congestion. Some common triggers include:

Your symptoms come on suddenly. They don’t respond to antihistamines. The most likely issue is a non-allergic or irritant trigger. The best advice is to keep a detailed diary. This is to try to pinpoint a trigger for your symptoms.

Common non-allergic triggers include:

Review this diary with your doctor to see if there’s an association. Recommendations for environmental control measures and specific medical treatments can be made.

Nasal Allergy (Rhinitis), Symptoms
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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