12-Year-Old Baffles Doctors As She Sneezes 20 Times Per Minute


The family of a 12-year-old Texas girl who has been sneezing up to 20 times per minute for the past month said doctors are stumped by the condition. Scoop has more:

Angleton resident Katelyn Thornley, 12, said her sneezing fits began about a month ago and she has since been sneezing up to 20 times per minute — about 12,000 times per day. “I’m constantly in pain with my abdomen, my legs are hurting because I’ve been weak and I can barely eat,” Thornley told KTVT-TV.

The girl’s parents said they have taken her to six different physicians, who ruled out allergies and viruses as a cause of the nonstop sneezing.

They said stress appears to make the condition worse. “Anything you talk to her about that irritates her — you can see it spike and continuous sneezing,” Thornley’s father told KRIV-TV. “It’s easy to trigger.”

Thornley said she takes Benadryl to help her sleep at night. “Sometimes I wish I could leave my body for a little while so i could watch myself sleep and be at peace because even in my dreams, I sneeze,” she said.


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