...Where they discovered A HOLE.
Yes, that’s right.
A literal, actual hole.
In his pharynx.
(That’s the membrane-lined cavity right at the back of your throat, although I would say that the actual location of said hole doesn’t matter quite so much as the fact that the man blew a hole in his throat from SNEEZING.)
As it turns out, the crackling sound was caused by air bubbles rubbing against the soft tissues of his neck.
Because of the hole. In his pharynx.
Luckily, the guy made a full recovery after about a week of being prescribed precautionary antibiotics and being put on a feeding tube.
Doctors then discharged him with very specific instructions to never try to hold back another sneeze in his life.
(As if he needed a doctor to tell him that.)
The case study also said that a ruptured pharynx isn't the only danger you might face if you hold in sneezes.
Held-in sneezing has also resulted in burst eardrums and ruptured blood vessels in the brain.
Yeah. Pretty scary stuff.
Obviously, these issues are not the norm when it comes to sneezing, but when it comes down to it, you don’t want to suffer an injury from a sneeze, right?
Now, please understand — I’m not telling you this story to freak you out about sneezing for the rest of your life. (Although I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been thinking about this story every single time I sneezed today.)
Rather, I want to empower you to not be ashamed of your sneezes. Don’t try to hide them.
Let those babies rip!
(But maybe grab a tissue first.)