Why shouldn't you cover your nose with your hand when sneezing? Why shouldn't you cover your nose with your hand when sneezing?

Why shouldn't you cover your nose with your hand when sneezing?

Why shouldn't you cover your nose with your hand when sneezing?

Dr. Ergina Demchikova, an otolaryngologist, warns against covering the nose when sneezing, as this may lead to the bursting of tiny blood vessels in the head.

According to the doctor, sneezing is a natural protective reaction of the body towards irritating substances that enter the nasal cavity. However, covering a person's nose while sneezing may cause serious harm to his health.

It indicates that nasal irritants are viruses, bacteria, pungent odors, cigarette smoke, pollen, animal wool, dust, sand, and other particles. In rare cases, bright light or even cleaning the ears can cause a sneezing attack.

"Sneezing helps the body remove irritants from the nose. This process involves taking a short, deep breath followed by a sharp exhalation through the nose under high pressure. In simple terms, the contents of the nose are pushed out by strong air pressure," she says.

She explains that covering the nose when sneezing can cause the transmission of irritants (viruses, dust, allergens, etc.) to the middle ear, causing inflammation. Small blood vessels in the head can also burst due to the great pressure.
Based on this, the doctor recommends sneezing into a tissue, and if one is not available, sneezing into the elbow of the hand.

She says: “If a person sneezes into his hand, he must wash it immediately to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.”

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  1. In indicates that nasal irritants are viruses, bacteria, pungent odors, cigarette smoke, pollen, animal wool, dust, sand, and other particles. In rare cases, bright light or even cleaning the ears can cause a sneezing attack.

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