Can a food allergy make you sneeze?

“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze” – D. H. Lawrence

Nobody could dispute the feeling of relief a good sneeze brings, but yes, there can be too much of a good thing, and sneezing counts, from a food allergy at that. How do you know? Well, if you frequently start sneezing after a specific kind of meal, you may in fact be allergic to it. Talk to your doctor if you suspect that you are sneezing because of food allergies.

An allergic reaction occurs when your organism issues an immune response to a food or beverage it identifies as harmful. Most commonly, these foods are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish. Wheat and milk are common allergens in children. You sneeze from your food allergy after consuming one of these foods.

So how can you deal with this?

1. Avoid the food/s that you are allergic too. Just sneezing isn’t a problem, but you might start getting other symptoms too, and some of these, like difficulty breathing and shock, can be quite dangerous. Read our other articles about multiple allergens, meaning that people who are allergic to one thing are often allergic to something else, and there are common combinations of allergies.

2. Be dignified when sneezing. To paraphrase Marilyn vos Savant – most people either make idiotic faces trying to stifle the sneeze or spray everything (and everyone) around them. (an allergy twist on the popular “say it don’t spray it” line.

What symptoms of allergies besides sneezing are there?

Symptoms of a food allergy may include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, hives, a runny nose, and wheezing. Experts warn that these symptoms emerge shortly after a meal. Your doctor can tell you if you have an allergy, but they need to rule out other triggers – for instance, food intolerance can look like an allergy sometimes. Tests performed to determine whether you are actually allergic to a certain food may include such on the skin or blood or eliminating this food from your diet to see if anything will change.


If all you have after eating is a sneeze, medical treatment is not necessary. Keep in mind that pollen-food allergy syndrome can also cause sneezing when you eat certain foods even if you don’t have an allergy.