Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not
TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble.
The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut in order to ward off a sneeze. He suffered significant pain and was barely able to speak or swallow.
Spontaneous rupture of the back of the throat is rare and usually caused by trauma, explained the authors of the report, published Jan. 15. It can also be caused by vomiting, retching or heavy coughing.Full Article