Reports that holding in a sneeze could kill is true!
Sneezing is your body’s way of removing irritants from your nose or throat. Sneezing is a sudden involuntary expulsion of air from the mouth and nose (simultaneously) due to irritation from the nostrils. Sneezing is important to keep the body healthy, it is an immune process that ensures the body is sniffle-free which keeps the lungs lubricated as well as ensure the body has enough balance and mucus to function.
Sneezing can also be triggered by allergens, viruses like the common cold or flu, nasal irritants, inhalation of corticosteroids through a nasal spray, or drug withdrawal.
Studies reveal that when sneezing, the nose can generate up to 176mmhg if the mouth and nose are closed (in cases of attempting to suppress the process) which can cause infections. The nose is connected to the Eustachian Tube which is connected to the middle ear, where sneezes are suppressed dirt/bacteria can be pushed into these areas which ends up causing (ear) infections (Olamide, 2016)
Blood clots in the brain, loss of hearing, neck problems, glaucoma and stroke are attributed to high pressure caused by sneezing. The point of sneezing is to get rid of unwanted irritating ‘factors’ from the body (usually before it reaches the lungs) Sometimes when caught at awkward moments, one might be forced to try to suppress/hold in a sneeze but doing that can cause serious lasting damage to the eardrums and even more severe things.
One of the best ways to keep from sneezing is to avoid things that trigger one to sneeze. Simple changes in the home can be made to reduce irritants; the filters on furnace can be changed regularly to keep your home’s filtration system working properly.
If you have pets that shed, you might consider cutting their hair or removing them from the home if their fur bothers you too much. You can kill dust mites on sheets and other linens by washing them in hot water, or water over 130 degrees F. You might also decide to purchase an air filtration machine to clean the air in your home.
In extreme cases, you may need to get your home checked for mold spores, which may be causing your sneezing. If mold infests your home, you may need to move.
When you sense a violent sneeze coming through by all means, let it out, in the most hygienic way.
- Olamide Olarewaju. (2016) http://pulse.ng/wellness/wellness-tips-trying-to-stop-a-sneeze-could-kill-you-heres-why-id5607331.html
- What makes me sneeze? (2015, May). Retrieve fromhttp://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/sneeze.html
- Corey Binns. (2010) www.livescience.com/32776-is-it-safe-to-hold-in-a-sneeze.html.