It’s not a good time to sneeze!

How to Stop Sneezing

Sometimes, there are moments when you don’t want to sneeze, right? Like when you are in a classroom that is very quiet, or when you are in a big lecture hall taking a test. Here are some tips that will help you stop sneezing. However, you have to keep in mind that you shouldn’t hold back a sneeze; those tips are for when you can your sneeze coming up, not for holding it in!

Uncontrollable sneezes that come up suddenly cannot be stopped. However, if you can feel the sneeze coming up then the following techniques can help you as they will force you to focus on a physical condition other than the sneeze:

  • When you feel the first tingle of the sneeze, pinch the tip of your nose.

  • Using the tip of your tongue, tickle the roof of your mouth. It takes about 10 seconds for the sneeze to dissipate.

  • Tickling the ear lobe will help.

  • Concentrate on the space between the eyebrows. Imagine that something is touching it until the urge to sneeze goes away.

  • Press the center of the upper lip with your finger.

The tips provided above should be used to alter your focus to other physical activities to avoid another sneeze if you can feel it coming up. However, those shouldn’t be used to hold back a sneeze because it can harm you and can be dangerous. Holding a sneeze can damage the sinus along with the inner ear and the brain cells.

The act of sneezing itself could be considered as a violent act. The air and particles are expelled from the mouth at a speed of about 160Km per hour. Suppressing the velocity of the sneeze can cause a sudden shock on the muscles. Some of these harmful effects can include:

  • A bleeding nose or a breakage of the nasal cartilage.

  • A burst eardrum leading to hearing loss.

  • Dizziness.

  • More seriously, internal damage can be caused inside the head due to trying to prevent the expulsion of air.

Here is an example of how your sinuses can be effected

So don’t try to stop sneezing. Just let it out, but remember, cover your mouth with a handkerchief or with your sleeves!