You'll never, ever hold in a sneeze again after hearing this.
An unnamed 34 year old man had to spend two weeks in hospital after plugging his nostrils during a sneeze and accidentally pushing air bubbles into his deep tissue and chest muscles. BMJ Case Reports, a medical journal, describes the man as being perfectly healthy and well until the sneezing fit where he was left barely able to speak or swallow after suffering spontaneous perforation of the pharynx. Yep, he ruptured the back of his throat because of an aggressive sneeze. The condition is described as 'unusual' which is good news for everyone but probably wasn't much comfort when the unlucky victim was bedbound with an IV and being fed via a tube.
He told the doctors that he had developed a popping sensation in his neck which immediately swelled up after he tried to contain the sneeze by pinching his nose and keeping his mouth clamped shut at the same time. The case report author, Dr Wanding Yang, said "This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone's face. That means he's been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different". 30 years of sneeze suppression. This poor guy has never had the satisfaction of a big blowout sneeze. Learn from his mistakes and sneeze loud and free