[ 2006-09-29 10:34 ]
Let's get one thing straight: "It is very unlikely
our eyes will extrude or 'pop out' if we sneeze too forcefully," says Brian
Smart, MD, chairman of the Asthma and Allergy Center of the DuPage Medical Group
Well, if the reason we close our eyes when we sneeze isn't to keep them from
popping out of our heads, then why bother?
"Similar to the reflex that occurs when your knee kicks after it's hit with a
medical hammer, or the way your hand pulls away from something hot when you burn
it, closing your eyes when you sneeze is a powerful reflex," says Smart, who is
also a spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
"You can try and force yourself to keep your eyes open when you sneeze, but it's
hard to do."
Another piece of folklore: We sneeze with our eyes closed to keep the stuff
we sneeze out from getting in our eyes.
"It is also unlikely that the substances we sneeze will get into our eyes,
since the substances we sneeze travel some distance," says Smart. "Incidentally,
the fact that we sneeze a considerable distance leads me to remind people to
always cover their mouths when they sneeze. This will help slow the spread of
respiratory disease, and is simply
Don't forget to say gesundheit.
respiratory disease: 呼吸道疾病