Is it dangerous to 'hold in' a sneeze?

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Is it dangerous to 'hold in' a sneeze?
« on: 28/04/2008 08:30:25 »
Damien  asked the Naked Scientists:
Hi Chris,

I'm a frequent listener to your program and enjoy every aspect.   I have a question about sneezing.

I have heard the when people sneeze it travels out of around 100ks per hour. Some people hold their sneeze in by either closing the mouth and nose or it just doesn't get let out.  My question: Can this cause a brain aneurysm or any harm to the body when the sneeze is stopped in this manner.   

Regards,
Damien
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« Last Edit: 28/04/2008 10:34:36 by BenV »

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Offline JimBob

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Is it dangerous to 'hold in' a sneeze?
« Reply #1 on: 29/04/2008 18:09:38 »
It can damage the delicate alveoli in th lungs when the back pressure hits them. Just conver your face when you sneeze. It is the body's way of getting rid of destructive or unwanted particles.

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« Reply #2 on: 29/04/2008 20:53:01 »
I did hear once that the reason we close our eyes when we sneeze is to stop them from popping out !! [:o]
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« Reply #3 on: 29/04/2008 22:32:56 »
And people say bless you when you sneeze because they thought the devil would enter your body when you had your eyes closed and your mouth open. My husband sleeps like this, guess that explains the horns.
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« Reply #4 on: 29/04/2008 23:02:21 »
No, not gay, but he will poke anything with his pitchfork. Be careful next time you sneeze.
Give a man a fire and he is warm for a day, set a man on fire and he is warm for the rest of his life.