You'll probably think twice about holding back a sneeze after reading this story.
A British man literally blew a hole in his throat when he attempted to do exactly that, and now requires a feeding tube.
imagine trying not to sneeze because it’s so quiet in the room and you blow a hole through your fucking neck— mya 🍁 (@myaraet) January 16, 2018
Apparently this guy pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a "forceful" sneeze, and told doctors that he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn't notice any problems at first, but felt pain within a couple of hours, and experienced difficulty swallowing. He reportedly spent two weeks in the hospital.
Doctors from the ear, nose, throat department at Leicester Royal Infirmary, where the man was treated, said: "Halting a sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous manoeuvre and should be avoided." pic.twitter.com/YHE49iDbcr— Emmanuel Arko-Larbi (@earko_larbi) January 16, 2018
Luckily the story has a happy ending -- the patient made a full recovery, and was advised to avoid plugging his nose while sneezing in the future.
So, as we're right in the middle of cold & flu season, just tell your loved ones that if they have to sneeze, let it go. It's not worth a hole in your throat.
yo I’m legit never holding back a sneeze again fam 😳😳😳 https://t.co/G4CbZuDoEM— Savannah Grimm (@savvygrimm) January 16, 2018