Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

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Stifling a sneeze by clamping your own nose and mouth shut may cause serious physical damage, doctors are usually warning.

Medics within Leicester treated a 34-year-old guy who ruptured his throat whilst trying to stop a high-force sneezing.

With nowhere to flee, the pressure ripped through the smooth tissue, and although rare plus unusual, they say others should be aware of the risk.

Trapping the sneeze could also damage the hearing or even rupture a brain aneurysm, they warn in journal BMJ Situation Reports .

The man said he felt the “popping” sensation in his neck in order to happened and then immediately experienced discomfort and difficulty swallowing and talking.

When the doctors examined him over they found he previously swelling and tenderness around their throat and neck.

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Image caption The particular black arrow points to the air flow streaks (in black) in the gentle tissue area

An X-ray revealed air flow escaping from his windpipe to the soft tissue of his neck of the guitar through the rupture.

The man had to be fed by a pipe for the next seven days to allow period for the tissues to heal.

After spending a week within hospital, the man was sent house and made a full recovery.

Doctors from the hearing, nose, throat department at Leicester Royal Infirmary, where the man had been treated, said: “Halting a sneezing via blocking nostrils and mouth area is a dangerous manoeuvre and should end up being avoided. ”

Sneezes can spread diseases, so even though it is good to “let them out”, make sure you catch them in a tissue, state experts.

With flu season in full swing, children and adults must be encouraged to cover their mouth plus nose with a tissue when they coughing and sneeze and then throw the cells away in a bin and clean their hands to stop the distribute of germs, says Public Wellness England.