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There are some minor risks associated with stifling a sneeze, including the potential to damage eardrums or to cause fluid backup into your sinuses and ears.
The urban legends that it might cause a brain aneurysm or your eyeballs might pop out are not scientifically proven.

www.livescience.com/32776-is-it-safe-to-hold-in-a-sneeze.html

Aug 19, 2010 ... But if you happen to be one of these unlucky cases, Wild said a holding in a sneeze may lead to several unhealthy situations. A blocked sneeze ...

time.com/3975363/sneezing

Jul 29, 2015 ... Holding in Sneezes ... Focus on sneeze-related accidents, and you'll notice a trend: Bad things happen when people hold in their sneezes.

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Then, your sneeze is less roaring lion and more squeaking mouse. Holding in your sneeze when you're with other people seems like the polite course of action.

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We've all suppressed sneezes to avoid embarrassment, but just how much damage does holding in a sneeze cause?

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Sep 15, 2015 ... “If the sneeze is held in by pinching the nose or holding the mouth closed, this pressurized air is forced back through the Eustachian tube and ...

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Jul 3, 2017 ... Dr. Dale Tylor, a Santa Barbara Otolaryngologist told Digg what would happen if you held in all your sneezes. Turns out, holding in your ...

www.zocdoc.com/answers/9225/is-holding-a-sneeze-in-dangerous

On behalf of the rest of the world, thank you for trying to avoid sharing your sneezes with us! That being said, there are times when it would be impo.

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We all know at least one person in our lives whose solitary sneeze can scare the life out of anyone. And if you are that person in someone else's life then you ...

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Jun 19, 2015 ... Stifling a sneeze isn't a great idea. Sneezes serve a purpose: they expel things from your nose that the body would rather not hang onto, like ...