Obviously you shouldn’t spray your sneeze everywhere and infect all your co-workers but holding it in isn’t an option either…as one guy from England found out. A 34-year-old man ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze while pinching his nose and holding his mouth shut.
The man said he felt a “popping” sensation in his neck when it happened and then immediately experienced pain and difficulty swallowing and speaking. When the doctors checked him over they found he had swelling and tenderness around his throat and neck.
An X-ray revealed air escaping from his windpipe into the soft tissue of his neck through the rupture. The man had to be fed by a tube for the next seven days to allow time for the tissues to heal. After spending a week in hospital, the man was sent home and made a full recovery.
Lesson learned: don’t spray it but don’t hold back! Happy sneezing!