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Your latest bout with the cold has you tethered to an entire box of tissues. You know the drill. Blow. Toss. Repeat. No matter how often you unclog your drain, though, that mucus just keeps on coming. Sometimes it seems like theres no end in sight.
Its a familiar scenario and typically a harmless one, too, but some unexpected dangers are lurking in all that snot. It turns out that blowing too hard can actually cause some real damage. So whats the worst that could happen?
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Aggressive Blowers Beware
While incredibly rare, some real doozies have been documented in medical literature, including a ruptured esophagus and severe headache caused by air pushed into the skull. Although highly unlikely, its also possible to perforate your eardrum or fracture your eye socket, according to Vanessa Rothholtz, MD, of Pacific Coast Ear Nose and Throat.
There are reports of complications impacting otherwise healthy individuals, but these more bizarre cases tend to involve an underlying issue stemming from previous surgery or trauma. If there is a defect in the bone that separates the eye or brain from the nose, then vigorous blowing ...