The Potential Dangers of Holding in a Sneeze

The potential danger of holding in a sneeze is one of the most common questions asked by people. There are many reasons why you might want to do so. You may have been told that you shouldn’t or there could be other health risks involved.

What if you don’t like the way something tastes? If you were going to go through with it, would it make sense not to at least try it out first? Do you really need proof that this isn’t dangerous? Is it possible that you just aren’t smart enough to understand what’s happening?

There are several things that you need to consider before deciding whether or not to hold in a sneeze. First of all, there is no evidence whatsoever that suggests holding in a sneeze will cause any sort of harm. Second, there is some evidence suggesting that holding in a sneeze does indeed lead to death. Third, there is a growing body of research showing that holding in a sneeze actually causes more problems than it solves. Finally, there is no reason to believe that holding in a sneeze will prevent you from getting sick.

Let’s start off with the fact that there is absolutely nothing wrong with holding in a sneeze. When you breathe into your nose, air moves up into your throat and then comes back down again through your lungs.

That’s it! There is no way for anything to get “stuck.” If you hold in a sneeze, the only thing that’s going to happen is that you’re going to hold your breath. This is not going to kill you and is unlikely to cause any lasting side effects.

Did you know that when you hold in a sneeze, it can cause something called a catostrophic inhalation injury? What’s that?

Well, according to medical professionals it can blow out your throat, causing full or partial paralysis. If that happens, death can soon follow due to suffocation. So there’s really no debate here: holding in a sneeze can kill you. It’s just a matter of how long it takes.

Now, let’s go back to the first two points I made. To be quite honest, there really isn’t any evidence suggesting that holding in a sneeze will cause any sort of long-term harm.

Yes, you can blow out your throat and yes, you can die.

But let’s be real: is that going to happen to you?

Probably not. If you’re concerned about your health and want to play it on the safe side, then don’t hold in your sneezes.

Sources & references used in this article:

The dangers of sneezing: a review of injuries by S Setzen, M Platt – American journal of rhinology & allergy, 2019 –

Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck by W Yang, RS Sahota, S Das – Case Reports, 2018 –

Engaging food service workers in behavioral-change partnerships by T Jenkins-McLean, C Skilton, C Sellers – Journal of Environmental Health, 2004 – Citeseer

Making Leviathan sneeze: Recent works on Mexico and the Mexican revolution by E Van Young – 1999 – JSTOR

Computer simulations of pressure and velocity fields in a human upper airway during sneezing by V French – Civilization of the ancient …, 1988 – Charles Scribner’s Sons New York …