Well this girl has a serious and mysterious case of 12,000 sneezes per day

You might have heard people saying ‘Bless You’ when you sneeze. Sneeze is caused by some virus, cold temperatures and allergies from things like pollen, food stuff or animals.


A sneeze travels at the rate of a Formula one race car and can cause serious damage if one tries to hold one in. it can rupture an eye vessel, or an ear drum or any internal organs. This risk is multiplied when you are this girl, who is suffering from bouts of sneezing clocking at more than 20 sneezes per minute and more than 12,000 in day.

1 The girl

The girl is 12 year old Texas resident Katelyn Thornley and she is a normal school going, studious girl with a serious medical condition that has baffled even the best of the best medical professionals all over the country.


The condition is something that she cannot help and has made her extremely weak and is continuously irritated with the illness. A month ago, Katelyn began experiencing outbursts of sneezing that happened in rapid-fire sequence.

She said the sneezing started in squirts and she presumed she was allergic to something. The poor thing experiences bouts of sneezing upto 12,000 times a day.

The girl

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2 What is happening actually?

She has been to 6 different specialists and all they have done is ruling out allergies as a possible cause of her sneezing episodes. Her condition has now deteriorated to the point that she can no longer be present at the school or play her favorite instrument, the clarinet. Katelyn also deals with incredible amount of physical pain as the result of sneezing upto 26 times a minute.


“I’m constantly in pain with my abdomen, my legs are hurting because I’ve been weak and I can barely eat,” she said. “Sometimes I wish I could leave my body for a little while so I could watch myself sleep because even in my dreams, I sneeze.”

She said only things that help her sleep are some Benadryl and listening to soothing music. Katelyn is hopeful that someone somewhere will know how to get rid of her mysterious illness after learning about her story and might reach out and help her.

What is happening actually?

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3 The diagnosis

Katelyn has been to six different specialist doctors so far, and all of them have been baffled to see her condition and none of them has any knowledge about what’s instigating her sneezing so frequently. The only thing they done is ruling out the most common factors associated with sneezing like viruses, colds and allergies.

Thornely’s parents said they’re hopeful someone with some expertise will come forward and offer some answers. “It’s hard to watch,” her father said. “Anything you talk to her about that irritates her — you can see it spike and continuous sneezing”.

The diagnosis

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4 The conclusion

Katelyn averages at least two sneezes a minute, according to her doctor, and have had periods where the sneezing continued for more than 15 minutes at a time with her sneezing 20 times per minute. Sleeping is the only way she has been able to find reprieve.

“I was walking out of a clarinet lesson and all of a sudden it kind of started like little spurts,” the seventh grader from Angleton, Texas, told a local news channel. “It was just a few sneezes here and there, but by the time I went to bed, I had sneezed 30 times that night.”



Dr Mered Parnes, a neurologist from Texas Children’s Hospital, had done a check-up of the young girl and thinks that she is suffering from a tic. There are normally two types of tics, one causes temporary abrupt movements, known as motor tics, and the other causes people to say out words loudly, known as vocal tics. The second tic causes an ailment known as the Tourette’s syndrome.

Dr Parnes said medicine can help, but she cautions that the medications are only advisable for the patient in the event of the tic becoming severely unbearable.


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