This person acts like my sneezes are frightening

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have a slight case of allergies and occasionally let out a sudden sneeze, which I discreetly attempt to muffle.

Those around me sometimes counter with “God bless you,” “Gesundheit” or the like, to which I give a polite nod.

However, there is one person who will bolt upright with alarm whenever I sneeze and exclaim, “Well, excuse you!” or, “Why didn’t you give us some warning?!” making everyone stare at me further.

Frankly, it’s an awkward situation and I’d rather not have any additional attention, particularly as I’m scurrying for a tissue. How should I respond?

GENTLE READER: “Believe me, if I had had any warning myself, you would have been the next to know.”

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