Is it bad to hold in a Sneeze?

Express – March 2023 

Dr Stuart Sanders

Doctor Stuart Sanders, Private GP at the London General Practice, features in a recent article discussing the unknown dangers of holding in a sneeze.

Holding in a sneeze may cause a sharp rise in blood pressure and this can can have some serious consequences. For example a sneeze may be powerful enough to cause a brain aneurysm to rupture. A brain aneurysm is a congenital abnormality, more often present from birth, and the rise in blood pressure from a sneeze may cause it to burst.

Other risks associated with holding back a sneeze include the risk of pushing infection and mucus into the ear or the risk of acute sinusitis.

To find out more please read the full article below. If you are concerned about any of the issues mentioned above or would like to make an appointment with a Harley Street GP then please get in touch here.


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