Stifling Your Sneezes May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Sneezes can produce pressurized air that can explode at speeds up to 100 miles an hour

Sneezes can produce pressurized air that can explode at speeds up to 100 miles an hour

It turned out that the man had suffered a spontaneous rupture of the pharynx, the area behind the mouth and nose and above the windpipe and the digestive tube, leading to subcutaneous emphysema, a painful condition in which air slips into the skin of the chest wall.

Sneezes can spread diseases, so although it is good to "let them out", make sure you catch them in a tissue, say experts.

The 34-year-old unnamed patient was taken to the emergency in excruciating pain and barely able to speak or swallow after he held his nose and closed his mouth in a failed bid to stifle a sneeze. He even spent a whole week in the hospital.

Just how risky this can be was illustrated when a 34-year-old man showed up at the emergency service of a hospital in Leicester, England recently, with a swollen neck and in extreme pain. That's according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title The report was published Monday in the medical journalBMJ Case Reports. Dr Anthony Aymat is the director for ear, nose and throat services at London's University Hospital Lewisham and he was not involved in the case.

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Sneezes can produce pressurized air that can explode at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. Holding back the urge could just kill you.

In hospital, doctors heard a crackling as they felt the man's neck and breastbone. A computerised tomography scan confirmed this.

The Leicester team said that patients with well-contained air leakages in their chest walls, and no significant complications, might be treated conservatively with intravenous feeding and antibiotics. He further added that it is a very unusual thing that how a sneeze generates enough pressure which can lead to the physical damage just like the gunshot injury to the neck. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat."Luckily, it was a very small perforation", Yang said. While in the most of the cases excess air gets absorbed by the body. The same viruses and bacteria can go to the wrong body parts if you repress the sneeze. That man recovered from the incident and doctors recommended him to not repeat such actions.

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