Horrific Story Will Ensure You Never Hold In A Sneeze Again

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Transmission of disease from coughing and sneezing lead to fatalities every year, but did you know that stifling your sneezes can be equally harmful? You might never try to hold in another sneeze again after reading this tale of an average, healthy 34-year-old man from England who recently suffered the consequences of doing just that.

According to a case study shared from the British Medical Journal early this past week, a “previously fit and well” 34-year-old in England caused a rupture in his throat when he attempted to “prevent” a sneeze by closing his mouth and pinching his nose.

In the report, researchers stated, “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver and should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications,”. Though these type of injuries are rare, you put yourself at risk every time you attempt to trifle a sneeze in this way.

Shortly after suppressing the sneeze the man claimed to have felt a “popping” feeling in his neck and developed swelling in his neck and throat leading to difficulty swallowing or speaking.

Doctors at the Leicester hospital he visited found that air bubbles had been created as result of the rupture and were spreading throughout the soft tissue in his chest and neck. He was administered to the hospital and kept there for 7-days — receiving treatment and feeding on a tube to allow for the rupture to heal. Fortunately, he made a full recovery from his injuries.

In conclusion, let those sneezes fly. Cover with your hands and wash up with antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs.

17 thoughts on “Horrific Story Will Ensure You Never Hold In A Sneeze Again

  • March 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    Forced holding on a sneeze can lead to barotrauma to the lungs. So what doesthat Mean? The lung can pop like a balloon in the chest cavity, called pneumothorax. Air now gets between the lung and the chest wall(pleural space). This causes inefficient expansion(or impossible expansion) of the lungs. At worst, both lungs plus pressured( tension pneumo).collapsed lungs/death.

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    • April 1, 2019 at 6:48 am
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      I’m an BSN I’ve heard of this but never seen it. Have you seen this happen as I’m assuming you’ve got a medical background?

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  • September 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    Is there sone sort of fart holding analog to this? Blowing your brains out your ears to to release pressure could explain some people’s behavior.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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    Is there a fart holding analog to this? Blowing your brains out your ears to to release pressure could explain some people’s behavior.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm
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    They said cover with your hands, I taught my children, and the children in my daycare, to catch their coughs and sneezes in the inner crook of the elbow. Hands are nasty enough, and there is not always soap or sanitizer around.

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    • November 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm
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      I’vr always tried to teach my children to sneeze and cough inside the neck of their shirt to fully cover and catch your germs.
      you cant always go wash after and kids almost always dont care or forget. But this technique has worked for myself for years.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 5:37 am
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    That sounds absolutely horrid and terrifying. Never holding a sneeze again! No thank you, I like my healthy throat.

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  • June 24, 2018 at 2:15 pm
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    Why would he do that? The English are crazy.

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    • September 13, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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      This is not an English thing I see people here in the states do the same thing try to hold in their sneezes a great deal of the time.

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  • April 11, 2018 at 11:08 am
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    It’s incredible that something as part of your as a sneeze can be so harmful when not done right.

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  • April 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm
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    I shivered and got horrible images in my head.

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  • April 22, 2018 at 10:01 am
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    I’ve heard of this but didn’t believe it was true. Wow that has to hurt!

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    • March 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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      Some people do it, because I don’t want to let their companions or their bosses know that they are sick!

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  • April 21, 2018 at 4:29 pm
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    Well this is just dumb. What was this guy thinking? Why would he even do this? Gets what he deserves.

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    • March 1, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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      How is that dumb, he was probably just trying to be considerate and keep from spreading germs. No one would ever think that hilding in a sneeze could cause that much damage.
      Now he knows!

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      • March 3, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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        I don’t know if he “deserved it”. That’s just how the body function. You can’t mess with it.

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