5 doctors weighed in:
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?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
497K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors