The stifled sneeze .....

The stifled sneeze .....

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    The stifled sneeze .....

    Not humor but very marginally SD oriented.... at a pinch! Bear with me.

    Speaking with a guy I know from shooting out East, who is nearly as ancient as me - he told me of an incident last weekend when he stifled a sneeze. He ruptured retinal vessels in one eye - the bleed will have to be treated by some clever ''rinse out'' technique I believe, to replace the contaminated vitreous humor. Right now his shooting eye is totally fogged.

    Why do I mention this? Simply to promote my opinion (based on my medical background) that this is potentially a bad thing to do. OK the guy has had some blood pressure issues but has some meds for that - but even so, chances are he has some arterial sclerosing and probably is more prone to this type of event.

    I maintain however that even for younger folks stifling is still not desirable - due to the potentially massive spike it can produce in blood pressure. It could in theory even IMO precipitate a stroke in vulnerable people.

    The small relevence to SD could be the need to not sneeze and give away our position if needing to stay relatively silent behind cover - witnessing an event perhaps. It is not necessarily silent, as the final stage of stifling can produce a marked ''grunt'' noise sometimes from the nose, even tho mouth kept closed.

    So - solution?? For me it is sneezing into the crook of my elbow, providing I have a sleeved garment - thicker the better. If bare arm, then gather material from perhaps waist section of top garment. This will not be dead silent but - surprisingly quiet. It also at any time diminishes any spray - which can be either embarrassing or even spreading bugs!

    Secondly, a full blown uncontained sneeze, which can be quite violent - can even cause vertebral or rib lesions, due to the effect on the thoracic cage. Our resident chiro may or may not agree on this - I believe it so having treated two patients I still remember from my osteopathic days - the unrestrained sneeze being coupled with sidebending/rotation.

    To conclude then - let the energy of a sneeze be damped and regulated by sneezing into clothing - even a thick handherchief is fine too - this avoids that danger of stifling, or over exerting the rib cage when unrestrained.

    I stress, I am only offering a suggestion based on opinion - but try it out.
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    I encountered what I call the "Southern sneeze" when I moved to TN. I guess in New Jersey, we never had a problem making loud sneezes (and I don't mean sneezing ON people). The "Southern sneeze" is like an implosion - the person holds his nose and mouth shut and all you hear is a tiny "uff." I always thought it was weird to hold it in, and it's very common around here.
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    That Betty is what I regard as very risky - in particular for older folks. The possibility of a blood pressure large peak is IMO very high.

    For some of course it might work if the sneeze mechanism aborts but if not - the energy has to go somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle
    Brings a whole new meaning to blowing out your brains.
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    I have heard/read somewhere that sneezing generates a wind gust comparable to a Hurricane. I am not sure if that is true, but could imagine holding one in wouldn't be a good practice. I can't imagine holding one in, I mean it is a nice release. I feel so relaxed afterwards, you almost want to have a cigarette afterwards.

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    I produce some mighty POWERFUL multiple sneezes.

    My doggone Wife sometimes counts them Out Loud while I am in the process of sneezing. That drives me totally crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty
    I encountered what I call the "Southern sneeze" when I moved to TN. I guess in New Jersey, we never had a problem making loud sneezes (and I don't mean sneezing ON people). The "Southern sneeze" is like an implosion - the person holds his nose and mouth shut and all you hear is a tiny "uff." I always thought it was weird to hold it in, and it's very common around here.
    I have done that for as long as I can remember and although I try to not do it, I always seem to. One of these days you will probably all read about an old phart in AZ sneezed himself to death. It will probably be this time of year....
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    I just let her rip! I can't hold it back like that, I don't want to either. When I see people doing this (my GF does this sometimes) I really can't understand how it can be done because I expel lot's of pressure when I sneeze and don't want an internal explosion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty
    I encountered what I call the "Southern sneeze" when I moved to TN...
    You are absolutely right. My grandmothers in Nashville and Memphis, and my great-aunt in Booneville, MS, all used to do that. My grandfather, on the other hand, would let it rip, and turn it into a rebel yell. Colorful.
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    When I sneeze, it sounds like "heh-PLAAAAH!" and is sure is loud. I get a lot of weird looks, too. I tried to do the implosion-sneeze out of politeness once, and I almost blew my eardrums out.
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    Man...when I sneeze, the neighbor's windows rattle, and they always call to ask what blew up....

    I wouldn't dare stiffle one.....the results could be really embarrasing...

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