29th June 2020

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Can you damage your throat from sneezing?

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze. Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. Medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze.

Also asked, why does sneezing hurt my throat?

Sore throats can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Viral sore throats are often accompanied by other cold symptoms that may include a runny nose, cough, red or watery eyes, and sneezing. Other causes of sore throat include smoking, pollution or irritants in the air, allergies, and dry air.

Additionally, what can happen if you sneeze too hard?

Experts say, while rare, it's possible to damage blood vessels in your eyes, nose, or eardrums when holding in a sneeze. The increased pressure caused by the sneeze being held in can cause blood vessels in the nasal passages to squeeze and burst.

Can your throat explode from holding in a sneeze?

Sneezing is the body's way of ridding itself of potentially harmful irritants in the nose, throat or lungs. Pressure builds up in the lungs and then forcefully explodes up the esophagus and out of the nose and mouth. While complications from stifling sneezes are rare, they can be dangerous, the case study noted.

Can you die from sneezing too hard?

While we haven't come across reported deaths of people dying by holding in their sneezes, technically it's not impossible to die from holding in a sneeze. Some injuries from holding in a sneeze can be very serious, such as ruptured brain aneurysms, ruptured throat, and collapsed lungs.
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