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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.