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Man ruptures throat while stifling a sneeze

Posted on Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

If you have to sneeze, it's best to just let it out. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 mcfarlandmo
As one unfortunate man recently found out, trying to stifle a particularly explosive sneeze is not a good idea.
The unnamed 34-year-old reportedly went to the emergency room suffering from a swollen neck, pain when swallowing and a peculiar popping sensation after attempting to stifle a sneeze by pinching his nose and squeezing his mouth shut at the same time.

Scans revealed that the increased pressure of the stifled sneeze had ruptured his throat, causing air bubbles to collect in the soft tissues at the back of his neck and halfway down his back.

Doctors have since warned that blocking your nose and mouth when sneezing can be dangerous, however it has been stressed that the likelihood of something like this happening is extremely low.

"For reasons of propriety and etiquette, one sometimes stops a sneeze. However on unfortunate rare occasions it might lead to potentially serious complications," said study co-author Dr Sudip Das.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (6)

Tags: Sneeze

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 16 January, 2018, 13:49
That's why you let them suckers fly.........
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then on 16 January, 2018, 15:07
A good sneeze is one of life's simple pleasures!  I'm thinking that this guy won't be doing THAT again.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 16 January, 2018, 16:09
I do the same thing if sneezing in a crowd.  Well I don't hold my nose but I suppress it.  I'll have to rethink that.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 17 January, 2018, 16:44
Wow that's a fail and it's a little disturbing to thing that you can hurt your throat like that.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog on 18 January, 2018, 1:11
Thinking about it, that look a lot like a diving accident when you have a decompression problem because you are keeping the air in the lung going up, the air go trough the long and make bubble around it. Over pressure problem...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nostrodumbass on 24 January, 2018, 11:56
Next we'll hear about someone that tried to contain a fart and ruptured their spleen or something. This is important information....

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