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Holding Sneezes is Dangerous Know Why!!
  • Sneezing is annoying, but it is healthy. It is a
    crucial part of your immune process and helps
    save your body against bacteria and viruses which
    can potentially harm your body. So, the next time
    when you feel the urge to sneeze, let it out. It
    is your body trying to keep you protected. But
    most people tend to ignore it and hold onto
    sneezes out of etiquettes. Here is a big reason
    why Holding Sneezes can be deadly. Read on.When
    sitting in a quiet place, a packed train or a
    silent movie theatre it may seem to be the right
    option to stifle your sneeze but mind you, it is
    not. It could be as dangerous as a heart attack.

  • Doctors have warned against this particular
    etiquette and asked not to hold your sneeze at
    all. Wanna know why? Read on.Recently a
    34-year-old man from Leicester, England, ruptured
    his throat from stifling a sneeze which could
    also have possibly killed him. You read it right.
    This man was later rushed to the hospital, and he
    could barely swallow. He could only speak a
    little after pinching his nose and clamping his
    mouth shut to stop breeze. On examination,
    strange crackling and popping sounds could be
    heard and these extended from his neck to the rib
  • The damage was so severe that he was fed through
    a tube for the next seven days for complete
    healing. Scans confirmed that the air from his
    lungs bubbled its way into the deep tissues and
    muscles of the chest when it could not because of
    holding on the sneeze. This led to the rupturing
    of his throat. Trying to contain a forceful
    sneeze can lead to various other complications
    like damaging of ears and even the fatal brain

  • Halting sneezes by blocking the mouth and
    nostrils is a dangerous manoeuvre and should be
    avoided, suggests Doctors. It is, therefore,
    taught to us since childhood that we should
    instead cover our mouth while sneezing than
    Holding Sneezes. Doctors say that this mans
    situation was similar to Boerhaaves syndrome. In
    this syndrome, the oesophagus is torn as a result
    of vomiting or intense retching. But here,
    sneezing lead to pressure build-up from trapped
    air and that caused the rupture at the pharynx.
    Sneezes travel at 200 mph speed which means they
    are powerful. Holding onto something so powerful
    tends to cause a lot of damage. Damaged facial
    nerves, ruptured blood vessels in the eyes,
    pulled muscles, cracked ribs and burst eardrums
    are the potential risks of stifling a sneeze.
  • A sneeze is intended to release alien/ foreign
    irritants, particles or germs that can cause any
    damage. Stopping a sneeze not only prevents their
    elimination from the body but also can trigger an
    asthma attack and bacteria build up is an
    altogether a different thing.

Do you know? Here are some interesting facts
about Sneezes
  • A sneeze can travel up to a speed of 200 mph.
    Thats too much of speed.
  • You cannot sneeze with your eyes open. When
    our brain receives the signals for sneezing, it
    signals our eyes to close automatically
  • We cannot sneeze while asleep. The nerves
    involved in sneezing are resting too and
    therefore, you never sneeze while sleeping and it
    happens when you wake up.
  • It is a common myth that our whole body
    stops when we sneeze, but it is not true when
    we sneeze the pressure our chest changes and
    alters the blood flow. This can change the rhythm
    of our heartbeat but does not cause your heart to
  • The longest sneezing spree which was ever
    recorded lasted for a total of 978 days. This
    record was set by Donna Griffiths of
    Worcestershire, England, who sneezed continuously
    from 13 January 1981 until 16 September 1983. Did
    you know that before?

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