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Why does plucking your eyebrows make you sneeze?

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Asked by: Lorely Maskell, by email


A branch of the trigeminal nerve extends around the eye and down to the nose. An ordinary sneeze is triggered by sensory signals sent from the nose along the trigeminal nerve. But the pain of plucking can cause a fake sneeze signal in nearby nerve endings.


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