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09 April 2018

Pinching your nose and closing your mouth when you sneeze can be a dangerous habit.

You may think that it’s proper behaviour to pinch your nose and close your mouth when you sneeze, but a new study suggests that this can be a dangerous habit to get into. The report describes the case of a 34-year-old man who raptured the back of his throat as a result of this manoeuvre and spent a week in hospital recovering from the swelling and pain. To avoid potential problems like a perforated eardrum, trapped air in the chest or even ruptured blood vessels, discreetly sneeze into a tissue instead.

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