Sneezing powder

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Sneezing powder refers to a group of powders or powder-like substances that induce sneezing when someone is exposed to them. This is usually done as a practical joke or prank to an unsuspecting victim.

Sneezing powders containing Veratrum album alkaloids have been linked to poisoning, including upset stomach, fainting, slowed heart rate and low blood pressure.[1] Children are especially vulnerable.[2]

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  1. ^ Carlier P, Efthymiou ML, Garnier R, Hoffelt J, Fournier E (1983). "Poisoning with Veratrum-containing sneezing powders". Human Toxicology. 2 (2): 321–325. doi:10.1177/096032718300200224. PMID 6862477. 
  2. ^ Fogh A, Kulling P, Wickstrom E (1983). "Veratrum alkaloids in sneezing-powder a potential danger". Journal of Toxicology. Clinical Toxicology. 20 (2): 175–179. doi:10.3109/15563658308990062. PMID 6887310.