Why Do I Sneeze After I Take a Shower? Is it an Allergy?
This is a very strange phenomenon that I have experienced myself. Sometimes during my shower, I will sneeze in a strange way that is irregular from my normal sneezing. It will be harder and more uncomfortable, sometimes messy. Other times, I experience a different kind of sneezing right after I get out of the shower. If you go through the same type of confusing sneezing while your shower, let me explain why this occurs and how you can prevent it from happening again.
If you sneeze during the shower…
This is likely due to one of the ingredients that you used during your shower. If you sneeze while the shower is running and you are suddsing up, then this is definitely the case. You must be reacting allergically to one of the ingredients in your soap, shampoo, conditioner or other type of bathing product.
Typically, the ingredient in particular that you are most likely reacting allergically to is the fragrance in these shower products. If you have ever scanned the ingredients list in one of your beauty products, then you probably came across the word “fragrance” almost 100% of the time.
Fragrance May Be The Allergen
However, there is no such thing as a fragrance. This term just umbrellas as a term to cover a wide range of possible ingredients. They may be natural or artificial sources. They may also be allergenic or hypoallergenic sources of aroma.
If a natural product contains the word “fragrance” in its ingredients list, then it is likely from some type of essential oil or derivative from the peel or skin of a fruit. These oils are generally hypoallergenic. However, if the scent is a perfume, then this ingredient has a much higher chance of somebody reacting allergically to it.
Some sketchy companies use the term “fragrance” to legally avoid putting the real name of the ingredient on the bottle. The artificial perfume likely has a chemically-sounding name like “cis-15-cyclohexan-1-ol” which makes consumers think “ew what is that? Sounds like it will burn off my skin.” The fragrance term may also combine all the different perfume compounds that they are using in a product into one simple-to-understand word. Under-informed consumers will typically not care to investigate what the word “fragrance” means because it is a regular word that has a pleasant connotation.
When you hear the word, you think “ahhhhh fragrance… mmmmm” right? That’ll get you to enjoy the smell and buy more. This is all just a psychological manipulation of the consumer. It can also be considered a lie, which I think it is, but let’s finish the tangent.
What you can do to stop sneezing in the shower in this case is to scan each product that you use while bathing for the term “fragrance.” Then, you can determine which product it is exactly that causes you to sneeze. If you use shampoo, shower gel and conditioner, try to found out which one it is that causes you to sneeze.
You are allergic to this product. It is more than likely the fragrance that is incorporated into it. It may be another ingredient as well, but you are allergic to it regardless. You should eliminate it and replace it with something that you know you aren’t allergic to. Something labeled with the word “hypoallergenic” will definitely work much better and won’t make you sneeze.
If it’s not the soap products and you only sneeze during hot showers…
This means that you are more than likely reacting allergically to something present in your tap water. It’s simply a misconception that tap water is 100% pure distilled water. It contains heavy metals, trace amounts of prescription products, chlorine, sodium fluoride, and much more. There’s ample opportunity to actually be allergic to your tap water. When consuming it in small amounts, you may not notice a peculiar reaction. But the quantity and presence of heat during a tap water shower may exacerbate your allergic reaction to whatever it is.
If you are sneezing during hot showers when there is steam present, this likely indicates that you are having an allergic reaction to chlorine. This halogen compound is added to your tap water in hopes that it will kill pathogens. Research shows that it really doesn’t do much for this purpose, but that is a story for another post. Chlorine is in your water for some reason and it is what it is at this point.
When your shower steams, chlorine is present in high amounts as chloroform. Yeah, I just said chloroform. That’s the stuff used in movies to make people pass out. That’s pretty much what the steam in your shower is. You should notice that you feel a little bit loopy and euphoric in your shower because you are breathing it in, but chloroform isn’t in high enough quantities in your shower water to knock you out. This might be why some people are addicted to long, hot showers.
This noxious chemical isn’t natural to be exposing your body to because it can be poisonous and potentially kill brain cells. That’s especially if you are bathing in it every day.
You clearly aren’t using any type of shower filter head, which can prevent hard minerals and tap water additives out before it reaches your body. When I switched to using one of these shower heads, I saw a world of difference for my health. My allergies improved a lot, but also my hair, skin and eyes did as well. I think that unfiltered shower water was destroying the quality of my appearance. I could tell sometimes because coming out of the shower, my skin and eyes would be red, and my hair would be falling out.
This filtering shower head that I got on Amazon makes the water feel much better and it eliminates chlorine, hard minerals and other potentially poisonous materials from coming out and reaching my body during a shower.
If you sneeze after you get out of the shower…
This likely means that you have a little bit of a mold problem in your shower. This is extremely common because mold loves damp places exactly like shower curtains and bath tubs.
What’s happening is you are are turning off your shower and sliding your shower curtain quickly so you can get out. Or is might be your shower door if you have one. This is kicking up all the mold and mold spores that collect and grow in your shower with time.
Almost everybody is allergic to mold. This stuff can act as a legitimate pathogen in your body, like yeast.
If you sneeze after you get out of the shower, I would recommend that you clean your bath tub and shower curtains thoroughly with bleach. Many people focus too much on the actual tub part and the walls, but forget about the shower curtain. This can be the most troublesome part.
Showers are great because they keep your exterior clean of dirt and pathogens. However, unfiltered and hot showers can be a bit unhealthy for you, especially if they are too long. If you are sneezing particularly in the shower and more than you do when you are around other areas of your house, one of the topics discussed above must be your problem. I would recommend cleaning with bleach regularly to kill poisonous mold and purchasing a filtering showerhead like the one I mentioned above. It will eliminate chlorine, fluoride, hard metals and other chemicals before they reach your skin and hair. Doing this has done wonders for me and I no longer sneeze in the shower.
Talk to you soon,