Holding a sneeze is one of the most practical ways for people to avoid rupturing a commotion and spreading germs towards people nearby. For some, it has even become a basic reflex. And though it might sound like a straightforward and practical idea, it’s actually horrible for your health.

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Holding a sneeze may not feel like a huge problem, but over time, it will add up and is one of the habits that cause problems for your health without you even realizing it. The good news is, however, is that there are ways you can prevent it.

What Does Holding a Sneeze Do to You?

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There’s no point discussing why people hold sneezes in the first place because they are quite obvious. However, it is important we go through why you shouldn’t.

Even though it may seem harmless, there have been many cases around the world where people have had serious health complications, physical injuries, and even fatalities because of holding a sneeze. Some call it unlucky, and others say they had it coming. Holding a sneeze may cause you:

  • Injury to the diaphragm
  • Break a blood vessel in the eye, causing it to bleed, as well as bruising the white part surrounding the iris. This can lead to pain in the eye, swelling as well as impaired vision.
  • Rupture your eardrums by forcing air up the Eustachian tubes. This can result in an impaired hearing, physical pain as well as hearing loss
  • Weaken blood vessels in the brain and cause them to rupture. This may also elevate your blood pressure levels in the process.

People who suffer from aggressive or violent sneezing where they sneeze more often and more erratically than most people can suffer from many other symptoms such as the below:

  • Can push air into the space behind the eyes, causing it to bulge
  • Push air into a brain cavity and cause severe and intense headaches and possible stroke
  • Can cause neck injury due to its sudden extension
  • May also cause temporary incontinence.

How can Holding a Sneeze Kill You?

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Multiple studies have indicated that the average sneeze has the speed and power to travel at 150km per hour, depending on the size of your lungs and nose, of course. By blocking your nose, the air that is being pushed needs to go somewhere, and wherever it goes, it’s bound to cause damage.

Though it is possible for you to die from holding a sneeze, it is unlikely. However, if you keep trying, you do run a serious risk. Hold a sneeze can result in any of the above complications. By doing this continually, you will only aggravate them as well as exacerbate them into more serious health complications that lead to hospitalization.

What are the Alternatives?

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The main reason why you hold a sneeze in the first place is either to save yourself from embarrassment or for the prevention of spreading germs. Though these are both valid reasons why you don’t want to sneeze in public, find other ways to avoid these situations without having to hold your sneeze.

  • Bring tissues. Having this on the go means you don’t have to panic and hold your sneeze. The tissue can clean up the mess instantly as well as preventing the spreading of germs amongst others. If you feel a sneeze coming up, find a place where you can let it out, and no one else can see you or encounter your germs. Do not wait until the last minute to let it out.
  • Let it go. Sometimes sneezing can happen so suddenly and at any time. Instead of blocking your or holding it back, cover your nose and mouth with your hand. Though it may be embarrassing, it’s much better for your health.

When to See a Doctor?

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It’s very unlikely you’ll ever have to see a doctor after holding a sneeze. However, if any of the above symptoms or risks occur; you should see your doctor immediately. Whenever you hold a sneeze, you will notice any changes to your health after it’s done. If you notice or feel any of the below occurrences, see your doctor at first notice.

  • Painful headaches
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Physical pain in your neck or head
  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired hearing
  • Mood swings
  • Rapid heartbeat

Any of the above complications may mean that you have aggravated a nerve, popped blood cells, or have triggered an existing condition. It is imperative you seek professional care when you can.

Go to Okadoc.com or download our mobile app, and choose your preferred method of meeting your General Practitioner who will redirect you to the right specialist.