Go ahead and sneeze!
This is the time of year that, because of all the pollen hanging around, many of us find ourselves with a pocket full of Kleenex, because you never know when the urge to sneeze will happen. And if you have to sneeze, medical professionals recommend you haul off and let it fly (while respecting social distancing guidelines, of course), because stifling a sneeze can be dangerous. An article in the British Medical Journal called: “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck” doctors documented “a rare spontaneous perforation of the pyriform sinus after a forceful sneeze, leading to cervical subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum.” What does that mean? Basically, a 34-year-old ruptured the back of his throat after pinching his nose and covering his mouth during a sneeze, leaving him in pain and with difficulty speaking or swallowing. He also developed a popping sensation in his neck, which immediately swelled up. Doctors also determined that air bubbles had found their way into the deep tissue of his chest. Due to the risk of severe complications, he had to spend a week in hospital, where he was fed by a drip and given intravenous antibiotics until his pain had subsided. All because of one sneeze.
So…Go ahead and sneeze…safely!!