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A 45-year-old member asked:

why should we keep a handkerchief on our mouth and nose while sneezing?

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Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Handkerchief: So that you decrease the aerosolization of of viruses and bacteria in vicinity of others. Same reason as washing hands. This is most common way to spread infectious diseases.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

Hello, i have this problem in mouth and nose i smell and taste metal. it usually occurs when i sneeze, laugh too hard or breath heavily.

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Schieber
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Oral Hygiene: Sometimes bacteria trapped in the throat and tonsils and tongue can give a metal taste sensation. Brush regularly, gargle, and use a tongue scraper. If the problem persists, consider seeing a dentist. There are other causes for this, but they would not generally be triggered by the things that do this to you (sneeze, laugh).
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A 21-year-old male asked:

Why do we sneeze?? And what happens if instead of sneezing out of our nose we do it outta the mouth?

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Sneeze: sometimes people sneeze in reaction to allergies or environmental allergen exposure. And sneezing through your mouth is acceptable

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