• Ira Saxena’s sneezing began 3 weeks ago – she sneezes 10 times a minute
  • Baffled doctors have already ruled out common causes like cold or allergy
  • Only time the nine-year-old doesn’t sneeze is when she is alseep
  • Mother: ‘It is robbing her off her life – she can’t even attend school’ 

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A desperate mother is pleading for help for her nine-year-old daughter who has started sneezing 8,000 times a day

Ira Saxena’s sneezing bouts began three weeks ago and she now emits around 10 involuntary epidoses per minute.

Doctors are baffled by the mystery condition and have ruled out the most common causes of sneezing such cold or allergies.

The only time Ira stops is when she is asleep.

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Ira Saxena’s sneezing began three weeks ago and she now emits around 10 involuntary atchoo’s per minute

But the fits restart the moment she wakes up meaning, she has been unable to go to school since the sneezing started

Her mother Priya has taken her daughter to a GP, specialist and a private clinic, but so far no-one has been able to diagnose the problem or stop it.

She said: ‘Three weeks ago she just woke up sneezing and she has not stopped. It started slowly and has progressed to become more constant and violent.

‘The doctors are saying it is possibly an incorrect signal being sent from her brain or a tic, but nobody can be sure.

‘She is not allergic to anything and has been given, steroids, antihistamines and a nasal spray, but she is just not responding to anything.

‘No-one has seen anything like this before and they are all giving her different things, but nothing is working.’

The only time Ira’s sneezing fits ceased was when she had an hour of hypnotherapy – she did not sneeze at all during the session – but as soon as it finished, the fits restarted.

Her mother, Priya, has now made a homeopathy appointment.

Mrs Saxena said: ‘The one blessing is she sleeps fine, it is the only time when she is not sneezing and she can sleep right through the night.’

Her mother Priya said: ‘She is not allergic to anything and has been given, steroids, antihistamines and a nasal spray, but she is just not responding to anything’

Ira, from Colchester, has been kept at home since her condition started.

Mrs Saxena said: ‘It is very frustrating, but the school has been very supportive.

‘She tried to go to back, but only lasted for one morning before she had to come home because she was just sneezing so much.

‘This is robbing her of her life.

‘It is so frustrating and she is being very brave.

‘To be truthful, it is affecting me more than it is her, I just want her to be back to how she was before.’

In 2009, Lauren Johnson, 12, of Virginia, started to sneeze thousands of times a day and was eventually diagnosed by an immunologist who said her immune system had been sent haywire by a throat infection

Last year Katelyn Thornley, of Texas, started having sneezing bouts. Doctors are still perplexed.

Anyone who believes they can help treat or diagnose Ira’s condition should email [email protected] 

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