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sometimes, when i'm sick or have allergies my body tries to sneeze but can't. question: can you actually get injured or die from holding in a sneeze?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
No: You will not get injured or die from holding in a sneeze. The function of sneezing is to expel mucus containing infectious agents (virus, bacteria, etc.), foreign particles or irritants and cleanse the nasal cavity. By not expelling mucus, you may be more likely to develop airway infection or allergic response such as asthma if you are susceptible.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: Holding a sneezing will not cause one to die.

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Last updated Jan 16, 2019

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