What is a sneeze?

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Like many other important functions of your body, sneezing is a way your body protects you from things which bother it. When you – achoo! – sneeze, your body is trying to send unwanted and bothersome dirt and germs flying out of your nose!

Since sneezing is meant to be a powerful way of ridding your nose of unwanted intruders, many body parts work together to make your sneeze as powerful as possible! The parts that contribute to your sneeze include your chest, throat, vocal chords and more! The way that these parts cooperate to build up force and to open and close at just the right moment gives your sneeze the extra power it needs!

Don’t forget to hold your hand or a tissue in front of your nose and mouth when you sneeze! It wouldn’t be very much fun (or very healthy) to accidentally let the germs and other things that come flying out at super-sneeze-speed hit someone else who is standing near by! (Eeeww!)

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    Gesundheit!

    Have you ever noticed that most people close their eyes when they sneeze? Lots of people think that if you didn’t close your eyes when you sneezed, the sneeze might send your eyeballs flying out of your face!

    The rumor about losing your eyeballs is definitely not true. Our eyeballs are attached pretty securely and even a really powerful sneeze wouldn’t be able to change that. – Phew! 

    Most doctors agree that the reason we snap our eyes shut when we sneeze is that it’s simply a reflex! Can you think of any reasons why our bodies might have been built with this reflex? How could closing your eyes to sneeze be helpful?

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