Welcome to flu season, which is bad news at the moment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world. But even in the absence of pandemic, every year millions of people in Vietnam experience symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and headache from seasonal flu.
Among these symptoms, sneezing is always the focus of attention because it alarms people that you are sick. The advice is never to be afraid of it and try to suppress a sneeze, at least like this man.
In a new study in the journal BMJ Case Report, British doctors reported the case of a 34-year-old male patient who broke his neck due to intentionally covering his mouth and nose while sneezing. Maybe he just wanted to test something out of his body at first, but that foolishness ended up causing the man to go to the emergency room and stay for a week.
Doctors said the patient went to the emergency room for pain and had a change in voice – a symptom of a fracture. The man confessed to pinching his nose and trying to cover his mouth to clear the sadness of sneezing but failed.
In the end, the sneeze went on and he heard 3 sounds in succession: “Bump “,” sprinkle ” and “turn on”. Followed by cracking sounds around the neck.
During a physical examination, doctors also discovered that from the neck bone down to the chest of the man, the sound of rattling and splitting was heard. They said it could be a sign of an accumulation of air bubbles between the joints and inside the chest cavity.
A designated X-ray confirmed the condition, and added a more serious diagnosis: The patient’s neck bone was broken after a wild sneeze.
A broken neck allows air to enter the oropharynx, causing pain, changes in voice and nausea.
Immediately after realizing this sign, the doctors fixed the patient’s neck bones, placed a feeding tube and injected him with protective antibiotics. Patients are cared for and monitored for recovery for a week before being discharged from the hospital to go home.
The doctors said: “Trying to suppress your sneeze by blocking your nose and mouth is a dangerous practice. It can lead to many complications such as mediastinal airflow, perforation of the eardrum, and even rupture of an aneurysm.
Therefore, one advice for us is not to try to suppress your sneeze, just cover your mouth with your elbow or a mask to avoid spreading the virus into the air, then be comfortable with the bottle usually their own.
Can you open your eyes when you sneeze?
Contrary to gagging your mouth and nose when you sneeze, opening your eyes really doesn’t do terrifying harm when you do it. Even so, there is a myth that opening your eyes while sneezing can cause your eyeballs to pop out.
Really, that could never happen. This is because the airways behind your nose and throat are completely separate from your eyes. The force of a sneeze can never be applied to the back of the eye, like an aspirate you’d imagine.
If you don’t believe it, watch the video below, in which a woman tries to induce a sneeze while opening her eyes. And her eyes remained safe afterward:
Can you sneeze and open your eyes at the same time?
“The reality is that you can sneeze with your eyes open, and it’s not that hard to do“Normally, we often have the reflex to close our eyes when we sneeze to prevent the droplets from bringing the virus back into our eyeballs,” said Dr. David Huston, associate dean of the University of Texas Medicine.
If a sneeze can actually generate the force to send the iris out, even closing the eye won’t help retain it, said Dr. Robert Naclerio, a professor of surgery and head of the ENT department at Medical University of Chicago said. “The eyelid muscle is simply not strong enough “, he said.
The origins of this rumor seem to have traced back to a story published in The New York Times on April 30, 1882. It is said that a woman’s lens slipped out after her attacks. somewhat intense. And the reason was attributed to her opening her eyes.
However, the doctors said that the history of medicine has never recorded such a case, and that this story is just an information in the popular press, difficult to verify.
A 51-year-old woman had a lens deflection after vomiting.
Even so, they say there is one case where your lens may be dislocated, during a vomiting episode. Vomiting can increase pressure on the eye cavity and push the lens out. Literature has once recorded a 51-year-old woman had this condition, but was also cured.
So vomiting attacks are definitely more dangerous than sneezes, and that’s when you need to watch out.