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Why Can't People Keep Their Eyes Open When They Sneeze?
"A sneeze is not just your mouth and nose," A.J. says. "It's a full body reflex, so it involves the stomach, your head and your lungs. It puts a lot of pressure on your head and you close your eyes sort of as a protective measure. And by the way, you should never stifle a sneeze—if you hold your nose, the air goes out your ears and that puts pressure on your ears. So just let it go."
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FROM: Oprah's Most Burning Questions
Published on September 22, 2006

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