Surprise, surprise, one man ruptured his throat!
Yes, you read that right, a 34-year-old patient had problems a.k.a. swallowing difficulties and “a popping sensation” in his swollen neck. He reported that it was after he tried to suppress a forceful sneeze. Instead of letting it out, he pinched his nose and closed his mouth.
Upon observation, it is found that it was indeed the stifling of the loud sneeze that caused the rupture at the back of his throat. He even later on lost his voice and spent a week in the hospital.
“When you sneeze, air comes out of you at about 150 miles per hour,” said Dr. Anthony Aymat, director for ear, nose and throat services at London’s University Hospital Lewisham. “If you retain all that pressure, it could do a lot of damage and you could end up like the Michelin Man with air trapped in your body.”
The doctors reported that they heard “crackling in the neck” down to his ribcage--a warning sign of the possibility for the air bubbles to already seep into his chest. This can cause heavy infection and further complications so they immediately admitted him to the hospital, gave him a feeding tube and administered antibiotics, according to details published in BMJ Case Reports.
“The whole point of sneezing is to get something out of your body, like viruses and bacteria, so if you stop that, those may end up in the wrong part of the body,” he said. For those who are wondering, the patient's now safe and made a full recovery. He was advised, though, to avoid plugging his nose while sneezing in the future.
“The safest thing to do — although it’s not socially acceptable — is just to sneeze loud,” Aymat said.
Who cares about people anyway when you're health's in line?
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