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Doctors Warn Against Holding In Your Sneezes After Man Ends Up In Hospital

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We've all been there. You're in the office or on the bus, and you feel a big sneeze coming on. You don't want to make a scene, but you also know it's not going to go away by itself. Some people will let out their sneeze loud and proud, while others will try and stifle it.

Of course, everyone wants to limit the spread of germs, especially around flu season. But as one man in England will tell you, sometimes it's worth the risk.


The unnamed 34-year-old male was featured BMJ Case Reports journal when he tried to hold in a sneeze, and failed miserably. The "previously fit and well" patient felt a powerful sneeze coming on, so he tried to stop it by "pinching the nose and holding his mouth closed."

Bad idea.

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