Sneezing is one of those protective reflexes that we don’t think about. Actually, it involves some rather complex mechanisms within the body. One British man found out that trying to stop a sneeze can be a dangerous process.
Sneezing Involves A Lot Of Different Body Processes
Nerve endings in the nose send a message to the brain that there is an irritation in its lining. There is a tickling sensation; then the body takes a deep breath. The breath is held temporarily, and chest muscles tighten. A burst of air is sent upwards. The throat shuts tight. Air is shot out through your nose at speeds up to 100 mph. An estimated 2,000-5,000 droplets are shot out.
Trying To Hold In A Sneeze Really Can Be Dangerous
A British man tried to stop a high-force sneeze and ruptured his throat. He described pain and felt a “popping” sensation in his neck. He immediately experienced difficulty swallowing and speaking. He must undergo tube feedings until the tissues heal.Doctors also warn that trying to stop a sneeze can also damage the ears or rupture a brain aneurysm.
A Few Fun Facts About Sneezing
The “achoo” sound that we make is not universal.
Achoo is made by English speaking people.
Japanese people make a “hakashun” sound.
In the Philippines, people sneeze “ha-ching.”
People who are deaf do not make a sound. Rather, a hearing person standing near them would hear a deep pre-sneeze breathe and then a faster, sharper sound of air being released.