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Blocking Nose & Mouth When Sneezing Can Cause Throat Rupture – Doctors Warn

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January 16, 2018 – Blocking Mouth & Nose When Sneezing Can Cause Throat Rupture – Doctors Warn

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Doctors in UK today warned people to stop blocking their nose and mouth when sneezing after a 34-year-old man ruptured his throat in a case that initially baffled experts.

The “previously fit and well” man was examined by emergency doctors after he reported painful swallowing and changes to his voice following a forceful sneeze, the doctors wrote in the British Medical Journal publication BMJ Case Reports published Monday.

“He described a popping sensation in his neck and some bilateral neck swelling after he tried to halt a sneeze by pinching the nose and holding his mouth closed,” said the experts at the University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust.

Ear, nose and throat specialists looked for signs of external injury and ruled out the possibility that he had eaten something sharp, before establishing that a sneeze was the cause of his condition.

“Halting [a] sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous manoeuvre and should be avoided,” the doctors said.

They warned that suppressing a sneeze in this way could lead to “numerous complications” such as pneumomediastinum, caused by the forcing of air into cavities around the heart and other organs, perforation of an eardrum and even cerebral aneurysm.

Cerebral aneurysm also known as brain aneurysm, is a cerebrovascular disorder in which weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery or vein causes a localised dilation or ballooning of the blood vessel.




  1. iron bar

    January 17, 2018 at 1:51 AM

    Oyinbos una go tell us to cover mouth when sneezing,make germs no una wan make we open our mouth wide when sneezing.i tire for una

    • Jacob Flow

      January 17, 2018 at 1:53 AM

      All their findings is based on superstition don’t mind dem

  2. Big Aunty Koks

    January 17, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    So Africans were right all along when they sneezed with abandon and relish before the advent of etiquette which said we need to cover nose and mouth while sneezing!

    Mmmmm, regarding this new study or theory, I agree with them that one cannot cheat nature so the toxic waste bringing on the sneeze must be released. However, I hesitate to believe that holding back a sneeze in that way will cause throat rupture. It might irritate the inner ear but the most likely alternative is that it will release the toxic waste through “down under” via an involuntary fart.
    If the new theory is correct, many more people would have suffered the throat rupture and it would not have been only today that discovery would have manifested, considering the frequency of restrained sneezes in the entire world population. So I agree with @ iron bar that I follow tire for the people Wahala set.

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