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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if i hold my nose in and sneeze can i burst my eardrum?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not Sure: Keeping the lips closed to prevent sneezing can propel the force against the middle ear which can lead to pain & ringing of the ears. Rarely, sneezing can lead to a fracture.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens if you hold your nose in and sneeze can you burst your eardrum?

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
A Verified Doctoranswered
40 years experience
Ear: Unlikely but depends how forcefully you sneeze. Try not to hold your nose when you sneeze. Can sometimes make you dizzy as well

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