You know those creepy, but seemingly ridiculous myths that people share around the lunch table that you only believe half of? The ones that leave you pondering equally ridiculous questions like, for example, can holding a sneeze really kill you? Well, it turns out that's not exactly a myth: According to a report published by The British Medical Journal on Monday, January 15, a man literally broke his throat after stifling a sneeze.
Many may say: really? Life is stressful enough that you are now afraid of exploding from the inside because you were trying to be polite in a crowded car. But hey, I think we can't always get what we want in this life.
According to the case study, a 34-year-old man went to the doctor because he was in pain when he swallowed, and he also noticed that his voice had changed a bit as well. He told the doctors that he had heard a popping sensation in his neck after sneezing, but naturally he didn't think it was a bad thing, because to his knowledge, he had done nothing to deserve a sore pulled muscle, or any other. something like that. The cause of the pain in the man's neck was nothing more and nothing less than a sneeze.
Here's what happened: Apparently, the man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during the sneeze, and that's when the outburst occurred in his throat. That's literally all this man did. According to the case study at BMJ, he was generally healthy and had no history of illnesses that could have contributed to the injury.
Throat hole from holding back a sneeze
The result of the sneeze inhibited by a squeeze in the nose was a scary sounding diagnosis: a “spontaneous pharyngeal rupture”, which led to a “cervical subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum” which, in simple terms, that means that it formed a small hole in the throat, which fortunately did not require surgery.
Sneezing means a reflection of the body that what it does is protect it by eliminating a foreign element that has entered through the nose. Sneezing forms air pressure that builds up in the lungs and this makes its way through the nasal cavity in order to get rid of this foreign element.
A sneeze can propel the mucous droplets at a speed of 100 miles. per hour. Holding back the sneeze means that the air that comes out under pressure will have to go elsewhere. That was what caused this man's throat to hurt. Doctors have pointed out that this can also affect the ear or form sinusitis and that they have seen patients with similar injuries after a severe cough or after vomiting forcefully.
Fortunately, the man was fine in the long run - that is, after doctors had to put a tube down his throat, which is usually terrifying under any circumstance. According to the BMJ report, the doctors' advice to the man was undoubtedly funny enough: in the future, they told him, if you don't want to damage the throat or something else, " avoid clogging both nostrils when sneezing."
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