British man blows throat open after holding in a sneeze

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  • British man blows a hole in his throat after holding in a sneeze
  • He experienced brutalizing and tortuous pain from the injuries
  • Suppressed sneezes can also rupture eardrums and pop blood vessels in the brain

Doctors warn general public not to hold in a sneeze after a man blew a hole in his throat, leaving him barely able to talk or swallow.

A British man, whose experience has been recorded in a medical journal, suffered brutalizing and tortuous pain from the injuries he suffered after holding in a sneeze.

According to a report from the British Medical Journal, the otherwise healthy 34-year-old man went to the emergency room complaining of neck swelling and a “popping sensation” in his neck, along with trouble speaking or swallowing. He also reported that earlier he had tried to halt a sneeze by pinching his nose and holding his mouth closed.

Spontaneous rupture of the back of the throat is not generally common, it’s more typically associated with trauma.

The doctors had also discovered air bubbles in his deep tissue and chest muscles after they determined that the sounds extended from his neck all the way down to his rib cage.

The man was fed through a tube and given intravenous antibiotics during his hospitalization. 

After a week, doctors declared it safe to remove the tube and send him home, but cautioned the patient to “avoid obstructing both nostrils while sneezing,”