Sneezing in public places might have been considered a bad manners, earlier. But my dear readers it is not good to hold a sneeze. Sneezing is a way of clearing irritants like germs, pollen or dust out of the nose and throat. According to the American Lung Association expelling tens of thousands of droplets from your nose at up to 100 miles per hour. Here are a few reasons why stopping sneeze could be a bad idea.
Withholding the sneeze may lead to a feeling of discomfort in your chest.
If you hold a sneeze, then it may rupture your eardrum.
If you are sneezing because of cold and if you might have stopped it, then the virus- or bacteria-filled mucus could travel from your nose, through the eustachian tubes, and into your ears and it could lead to an ear infection.
Sneezes exert a lot of pressure, and trying to hold that back could cause a capillary in the eyes, nose or eardrum to burst.
Holding sneeze could cause other serious problems as well.
You should let your sneezes out whenever possible instead of holding them.
Doctors say that “The risks of severe injury are very low when you hold back your sneeze, it’s often more comfortable and safer to let the sneeze out.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue while sneezing and after sneezing, discard the tissue and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. If a tissue isn’t available, your next best bet is to sneeze into your elbow.