3 Scary Facts About Sneezing

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Although Sneezing is rarely dangerous, its not all that safe either.
Here are 3 scary facts about sneezing

Dangers of sneezing
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1. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib

According to scientists, a sneeze expels a jet of air at about 100 miles per hour and the quick, sudden motion can aggravate an underlying problem, – especially when a person sneezes violently – like back, neck discomfort and even fractured rib.

You’re also more prone to a bone problem if you’ve got a bone-weakening disease, like osteoporosis or cancer.

2. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel

Aside from just rupturing a blood vessel,
A blocked sneeze could also;

* cause injury to the diaphragm
* break a blood vessel in the white of the eye, causing bruising of the white part around the iris.
* force air up the Eustachian tubes in your ears and cause a ruptured ear drum or an injury to the inner ear that could lead to vertigo or hearing loss.
* weaken a blood vessel in the brain and cause it to rupture due to the momentary elevation of blood pressure.

The risk of sustaining any of the injury above is extremely low but you might just be the unlucky one.

3. Suddenly suppressing a sneeze can lead to Brain haemorrhage

Suddenly suppressing a sneeze can also cause brain haemorrhage, (in rare cases though) Apparently, the suppression causes a massive build-up of pressure in our head, which in rare cases will not only lead to brain haemorrhage but can also cause injuries such as rupturing blood vessels and muscles in the head.

In conclusion, although suppressing a sneeze might avoid disturbing others, i wouldn’t recommend it… whenever you feel like sneezing, it’s better you just go ahead and do so – not so hard though, just to be safe.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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