‘I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.’
D. H. Lawrence.
‘I sneezed into the wind, and closed my eyes and imagined my face was barraged by cool ocean spray.’
Sneezing (also known as sternutation) happens when you make a sudden violent spasmodic audible expiration of breath through the nose and mouth, especially as a reflex act.
It results from irritation, mostly of the mucous membrane of nose, lungs, ears or eyes by viruses, bacteria, allergens and other particles. May be caused (also) by abrupt cold air, brilliant lights, excitement and orgasm.
Sneezing forms part of the body’s first-line defense system. It helps in the removal of viruses, bacteria and other harmful particles from the respiratory system.
It expulses harmful particles that have gained entry into the the body through the nose and the mouth. This is important in clearing the nose and nasal cavity of irritants.
Sternutation can also be the brain activator and body reliever. During the process, a lot of body changes take place, for example, closing of the eyes and tightening of several muscles in the body. The pressure with which the sneeze occurs acts as a reboot mechanism to the whole body system.
A deliberate thwarting of sneeze is considered to be very dangerous. It can lead to hearing loss due to rupturing of the eardrum, emphysema (this results from the occasional sneeze holds), breakages of blood vessels (leading to nosebleeds), weakening of blood vessels leading to the brain, damage on the diaphram, impared balance and dizziness.
Allan Wild, the head and neck surgeon and assistant professor of otolaryngology at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, told LiveScience that you can quiet the urge to sneeze when you, “Try rubbing your nose, pressing on your upper lip underneath your nose or forcing a big, deep breath out your nose.”
A sneeze is simply ‘a nerve transmission that tells your brain something is in your nose that needs to come out.’ Neil Kao, MD, allergy and asthma specialist at Allergic Disease and Asthma Center, Greenville, S.C.
‘Sneezing is an important part of the immune process, helping to keep us healthy and snifle-free.’
Neil Kao, MD.
‘Be able to sneeze without sounding ridiculous. That means neither stifling yourself or spraying your immediate vicinity.’
Marilyn vos Savant.
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