> Terrible end of holding back a sneeze, the airway burst

Terrible end of holding back a sneeze, the airway burst


Terrible end of holding back a sneeze, the airway burst

You've heard many times that you shouldn't hold back a sneeze or your eyes will pop out, it's strange to hear and maybe even impossible, but that doesn't mean that holding a sneeze won't do any harm. Because a man tore his airway trying to stop a sneeze.

Medical experts say this is the first known case of its kind. The incident took place when the man encountered dust while driving and sneezed.

Instead of putting a finger under his nose or sneezing, the person held his nose and closed his mouth.

This weird sneeze control technique had the exact opposite effect.The force of the suppressed sneeze caused a small two-by-two millimeter hole in his windpipe.

According to a report in Live Science, the blocked airway caused pressure to build up, causing her to sneeze 20 times more forcefully than normal, causing terrible damage.

In this case, the pressure was so great that the man's windpipe burst, the man was in severe pain and his neck was swollen on both sides.

When the doctors examined him, his voice was cracked. However, the man had no difficulty breathing, talking or swallowing.

X-rays revealed that the man had surgical emphysema, a condition in which the deepest tissue of the skin is trapped behind the layers.

Subsequently, a CT scan showed that the incision was located between the third and fourth vertebrae in her neck.

In addition, air had accumulated in the area between his lungs and his chest.

The medical experts concluded that the damage was caused by "a rapid increase in pressure in the trachea during sneezing with a pinched nose and a closed mouth."

The doctors added that he did not need surgery.

However, the man was kept under observation in the hospital for two days to ensure that his vital signs, including oxygen, remained stable.


During discharge, doctors gave him pain relievers and allergy medicine and advised him to avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks.

A CT scan five weeks later showed that the wound had completely healed.

Several doctors said the case should be seen as a warning to others. And 'everyone should be advised to avoid sneezes by pinching the nose while keeping the mouth closed as this may result in perforation of the respiratory tract'.

According to doctors, it is extremely rare but not impossible for a sneeze to injure someone's windpipe. There are few documented examples of windpipe ruptures and when they do occur, they usually result from physical trauma or injuries during surgery, including insertion of a tube into the thyroid gland or windpipe.

Usually, surgery is needed to repair the damage, depending on the location of the incision and whether the patient's vital signs are stable, he added.

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