- The “complimentary sneeze” has been one of the biggest lessons of the current pandemic.
- This action is generated both by different types of allergies and even by a common cold.
- It is also a protection of the respiratory tract because it prevents the passage of foreign particles from the nose to the lungs.
There are discomforts that absolutely all people experience at least once in their lives. Sneezing is one of the main ones and in certain places and circumstances it can cause great discomfort. Although as a result of the current pandemic, emphasis has been placed on the correct way in which this action should be carried out to protect the people who are around.
In its simplest definition it is a sudden, forced and involuntary burst of air through the nose and mouth. In accordance with medlineplus It is caused by irritation of the mucous membranes and although annoying, it is not always a sign of a serious problem.
Reasons why sneezing is generated
- Allergy to pollen (allergic rhinitis), mold, dander, and dust.
- Inhalation of corticosteroids or other medications (from certain nasal sprays).
- Common cold or flu.
- Drug withdrawal.
- Triggers such as dust, air pollution, dry air, spicy foods, strong emotions, certain medications, and powders.
Sneezes protect the body
For her part, the Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians (SMEG) mentions that Sneezing is an important protective reflex of the respiratory tract because it prevents the passage of foreign particles from the nose to the lungs.
Examples that sneezing can also cause serious damage
Now, although it seems like a simple activity, it can actually trigger serious complications. All part of a case reported by the Galenus Tena Clinic of Ecuador. A 53-year-old man came to the hospital after having a strong sneeze.
According to what was reported by one of the doctors, The patient developed a lesion in the internal oblique muscle due to the flexion of the abdomen that he did when expelling microorganisms through his nose and mouth.
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High impact consequences that sneezing can cause
This case is reminiscent of another reported in 2018 in the United Kingdom. Everything was generated in the city of Leicester, where a health center received a 34-year-old man who claimed to have severe neck pain. He said it arose when he felt like sneezing but chose to cover his mouth and nose.
Although initially the doctors did not pay attention, upon review they found that the patient had swelling and tenderness around the throat and neck. Therefore they had to take an X-ray and at that moment they discovered that the man had ripped out his throat.
Upon discovering the situation, the doctors had to take extreme precautions because they noticed that the air was escaping from the man’s trachea towards the soft tissue of his neck through the rupture it presented. Therefore it was necessary to feed the patient by means of a tube for the next few days until the tissues healed, but fortunately he subsequently made a full recovery.
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