Suppressing a sneeze can have dangerous consequences for your health

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Doctors urgently warn against suppressing a sneeze. What seems harmless to us can have serious consequences.

Do you sometimes stifle a sneeze when you’re out and about in public? We often find it unpleasant when someone sneezes loudly on the bus or train. But it is better not to suppress a sneeze, as it can harm your health.

Severe damage caused by suppressed sneezing
Bacteria and viruses are expelled through the nose when you sneeze. This process is vital to prevent the pathogens from remaining in our bodies and exacerbating or even re-inflaming infections.

In addition, suppression can increase blood pressure. At best, we only suffer from headaches, which can lead to burst veins in the eye or eardrum.

And that’s not all. Other undesirable consequences of suppressed sneezing can be hearing loss and a permanent feeling of dizziness. Very unpleasant.

Infections, dizziness, and inflammation
According to Barmer, when we expel air through our nose when we sneeze, it travels at a speed of up to 160 km/h. However, if we prevent the air from escaping the body through the nose, it can escape through the ear, which can become inflamed with repeated exposure.

So, all in all, you can see why sneezing should no longer be suppressed. No matter where you are and how many people you are with, it would be best to let your body sneeze.

Just remember to always sneeze into the crook of your arm or a tissue!

  • source: gentside.de/picture: aerztezeitung.de
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