The Dangers of Sneezing: A Review of Injuries

  title={The Dangers of Sneezing: A Review of Injuries},
  author={Sean Setzen and Michael P. Platt},
  journal={American Journal of Rhinology \& Allergy},
  pages={331 - 337}
  • S. Setzen, M. Platt
  • Published 8 January 2019
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
Background Sneezing is an almost universal daily phenomenon as a reflex to evacuate irritants from the nasal cavities. An autonomic-controlled buildup of intrathoracic pressure against a closed glottis followed by sudden release results in a burst of 1 kPa of air through the upper airway. Active intervention to limit a sneeze can be deleterious. Closure of the airway during a sneeze can result in over 20 times the airway pressures resulting in a variety of untoward events. This review… 

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