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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 ...

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 ...

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”].

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.

Can holding in a sneeze kill you? | HowStuffWorks

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Holding in a sneeze is necessary in some situations, but can that be ... Find out if holding in a sneeze can kill you. ... Is too much TV really bad for your eyes?

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 ...