Are you the type of person who holds back your sneeze for the sake of politeness, or maybe even hygiene?
Recently, a 34-year-old man from Britain suffered a sneezing injury after holding back his own sneeze. His case resulted in it being published in a medical journal.
According to CNN International, BMJ Case Reports tackled the case of a “previously fit 34-year-old man” who admitted himself to a hospital for popping his neck. Apparently, he pinched his nose in an attempt to stop himself from sneezing. He also kept his mouth closed. Unfortunately, this resulted in him feeling a “popping sensation” on his neck.
However, the effects didn’t manifest immediately. After a couple of hours, the man felt that his throat and neck were in pain. It became swollen and this affected his voice. Eventually, he decided to go to a hospital for a check-up.
Dr. Wanding Yang, who is the author of the case report titled “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck,” said that the man has been holding back his sneezes for hygienic purposes. He added that the 34-year-old has been doing it for around 30 years or so.
When the man was examined by the doctors, they discovered that his neck was swollen. Upon further examination of his tissue, sounds of popping and crackling could be heard. According to Yang, it indicated that there were “air bubbles” that got into the man’s muscles and into his tissue.
After a series of diagnostic tests performed, it was confirmed that the man suffered a sneezing injury in his throat after he attempted to hold back his sneeze. A hole was formed in his throat as a result. Yang added that the man was lucky since it was a “very small perforation.”
Based on the source, if an individual tries to hold back a sneeze, the pressurized air will find another way to get out. In the man’s case, the pressure eventually caused a sneezing injury in his throat’s tissue. Previous incidents have shown that people have also suffered sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections, and a ruptured eardrum after attempting to hold back their sneezes.
The man was recommended to take antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube. The medical journal added that his sneezing injury was unusual since it is usually detected after a person suffers a car accident, a gunshot, or a knife stab. However, no permanent damage was done to his organs.
Meanwhile, here are the netizens’ thoughts about his case:
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