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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.

You Asked: Is It Bad to Hold in a Sneeze? | TIME

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

Is It Safe to Hold in a Sneeze? - Live Science

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Aug 19, 2010 ... Most injuries from stifling a sneeze are just plain old bad luck. Still, if you're about to sneeze, it's better to just go ahead and ah-choo! "I wouldn't ...

Can holding in a sneeze cause hearing damage? | UAMSHealth

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Sep 15, 2015 ... Whether you hold a sneeze by pinching your nose or closing your mouth, stifling a sneeze is not a good idea, according to UAMS audiologist ...

Don't Stifle That Sneeze! You Could Get Hurt - Health Essentials ...

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Apr 23, 2014 ... Clamping your nostrils and mouth shut during a sneeze might avoid disturbing ... [Tweet “Holding in a sneeze can be harmful to your #health”].

Can holding a sneeze cause damage? | Go Ask Alice!

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Jun 19, 2015 ... Is it unhealthy to hold a sneeze? Does it affect the body in any harmful way? Thank you for the help! — Eudora. Dear Eudora,. Stifling a sneeze ...

Is Holding Your Nose When You Sneeze Really Bad for You?

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Aug 7, 2014 ... Preventing a sneeze seems so natural sometimes. Can you really blow out your eardrums, eyes or burst blood vessels by holding in a sneeze?

Surprising Things that Make You Sneeze - WebMD

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If you sneeze with your eyes open, will your eyes pop out? WebMD addresses sneezing: the myths, causes, and more.

This Is What Holding A Sneeze Does To Your Body – Be Very ...

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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 ...

Is it dangerous to hold in a sneeze? - Nose Disorders - Sharecare

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Holding in a sneeze is like holding down the top of a jack-in-the-box. Why not just ... As you breathe it filters out the bad stuff in the air like dust and germs. It also ...