Sneezing is a natural process that helps your body get rid of irritants and foreign particles. It usually happens when the nerve endings in your nose are stimulated by things like allergies, dust, or viruses. But what happens if you hold in a sneeze? Is it harmless or can it actually harm you? Read on to find out.
The Mechanics of Sneezing
Before we dive into the effects of holding in a sneeze, let’s quickly go over how sneezing works. When you breathe in an irritant, your body tries to expel it by forcing air out through your nose and mouth. This forceful expulsion is what we call a sneeze. Your diaphragm contracts rapidly and forcefully which increases pressure inside your chest cavity while decreasing that within the lungs resulting in release of air.
Usually, when you feel like sneezing, it’s best to just let it out! Sneezing is an important way for our bodies to get rid of unwanted particles.
Why Do People Hold In Sneezes?
There are many reasons why people might choose to hold in their sneezes. Some might be embarrassed about making loud noises or having mucus come out; others may not want to disrupt others around them ; while some may have superstitions about losing brain cells etc. .
Whatever their reason may be – experts do not suggest that you should ever try this !!!
What Happens If You Hold In A Sneeze?
If you hold in a sneeze, the pressure inside your head will increase dramatically as all the built-up energy from trying to expel something now has nowhere else to go except back up into the nasal cavities .
This sudden pressure can damage blood vessels in your eyes, nose, and throat; rupture your eardrums leaving you with hearing loss or ringing ; cause headaches; damage teeth roots leading to dental problems . The pressure might lead to the formation of nasal polyps OR simply bleedings called epistaxis which could be as severe as leading to a possible death if unchecked.
Are There Any Risks To Holding In A Sneeze?
There are many risks associated with holding in a sneeze:
- it can increase the risk of developing ear infections and ruptured blood vessels in head
- It forces air into the Eustachian tubes responsible for normalizing inner ear pressures resulting in barotrauma.
- Increased stress on heart, lungs and digestive system
Q: Is there anything I should do instead if I want to hold in my sneeze?
A: If you must suppress that urge to let it all out – then use some tissue and gently press down over your nostrils! This will allow for less intense pressure buildup while limit spread of droplets i. e. , curb infection transmission.
Q: Why is this dangerous? People have been doing this forever!
A : No they haven’t – Sneezing was identified only about thirteenth century AD by Islamic physician Rhazes.
Just because something has been done forever doesn’t mean that it is safe or smart! Remember smoking proves this theory wrong!
In conclusion, don’t try to hold in a sneeze ! Not only is it potentially harmful but also unhygienic!!